Researchers have found that a giant super-Earth Planet Six light-years away may have simple life. Barnard B (or GJ 699b) is a recently discovered super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard, the second closest star to Earth. Barnard B is thought to be extremely cold, with temperatures similar to those of Europa, about 150 degrees below zero Celsius. But researchers say its iron/nickel “core” temperature is quite high and its geothermal activity is very intense. Edward Guinan, an astrophysicist at the University of Villanova, said at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that “geothermal energy can support subsurface life zones, just like underground lakes in Antarctica.” “WeRead More →