Don't get too excited. At that distance, there's about one-to-one odds that each planet is tidally locked to the sun, so one side only ever sees day, and the other, night. Maybe there'd be some hospitable areas near the terminator line, but the temperature gradient alone would induce some very stiff winds. And that's if there's an atmosphere, we haven't even broached the problem of a global magnetic field and any solar variability.

Could they harbor life? Maybe, but don't paint these worlds as humanity's next colonization target, that's naive on umpteen different levels.

If any of that's in the press release, sorry.

posted by mk: 298 days ago