List of nearest terrestrial exoplanet candidates

List of nearest terrestrial exoplanet candidates

Nearest terrestrial exoplanet candidates:
- lying inside their star's habitable zone

This list of nearest terrestrial exoplanets candidates contains possible terrestrial ("rocky") exoplanets at a distance of up to 50 light-years from the Solar System, ordered by increasing distance.[1][2][3]

They may be composed primarily of silicate rocks and/or metals. Within the Solar System, the terrestrial planets are the inner planets closest to the Sun.

Incompleteness of the list

This list is incomplete, currently containing 26 exoplanets, 10 of which probably lie inside their star's habitable zone.

There are roughly 2000 stars at a distance of up to 50 light-years from the Solar System[4] (64 of them are yellow-orange [6]

On November 4, 2013, astronomers reported, based on Kepler space mission data, that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of sun-like stars and red dwarf stars within the Milky Way Galaxy.[7][8] 11 billion of these estimated planets may be orbiting sun-like stars.[9] The nearest such planet may be 12 light-years away, according to the scientists.[7][8]

Table

Name Image
(art. concept)
M R g Ts a e ESI Habitability [s] D
Alpha Centauri Bb
≥1.1 1200 K 0.04 Orbits too close to the star, existence not yet scientifically agreed upon 4.23
Tau Ceti e ≥4.3 ≥1.6 343 K 0.552 ± 0.02 0.05 ± 0.02 0.77 Thermoplanet Orbits on inner edge of habitable zone 11.90
Tau Ceti f ≥6.6 289–323 K 1.35 ± 0.1 0.03 ± 0.3 0.71 Mesoplanet Orbits on outer edge of habitable zone 11.90
GJ 180 b ≥2.3 312 K 0.75 Mesoplanet. Lies within the habitable zone [6][10] 12.12
Kapteyn b ≥5 248 K 0.68 Psychroplanet. Lies within the habitable zone [10][11] 13
Kapteyn c ≥7 too cold to support liquid water [11] 13
Gliese 876 d[12]
6.8 157

377 °C[13]
0.021 0.21 Too hot [14] 15
Gliese 682 b ≥2 Thermoplanet(?).[15] Lies within the habitable zone [6]
[16]
16
Gliese 832 c ≥5.4 295 0.162 0.03 0.81 Mesoplanet. Lies within the inner edge of habitable zone [10][17] 16.16
82 G. Eridani b ≥2.7 0.1207 0 Orbits too close to the star [2] 19.71
82 G. Eridani c ≥2.4 0.2036 0 Orbits too close to the star [2] 19.71
82 G. Eridani d ≥4.8 388 K[1] 0.3499 0 Orbits too close to the star [2] 19.71
Gliese 581 e
≥1.7 0.029 0 It is unlikely to possess an atmosphere due to its high temperature [18] 20
Gliese 581 c [19]
≥5.6 0.072 0 Questionable. Likely to lie outside the habitable zone[20] [21] 20
Gliese 581 d [22]
≥5.6 2.34[23] 1.27[23] 233 K[23] 0.218 0 0.69[23] Psychroplanet.[23] Lies within the habitable zone[24] [25] 20
Gliese 667C b
6.30 1.44 445 K 0.05 0.09 Too hot [23] 22
Gliese 667C c[26][27]
5.24 1.32 302 K 0.13 0.34 0.82 Mesoplanet [23] 22
61 Virginis b[28]
≥5.1 0.050 0.12 Orbits too close to the star [29] 28
HD 85512 b[30]
≥3.6 1.74[23] 1.33[23] 351 K[23] 0.26 0.11 0.76[23] Thermoplanet.[23] Was considered to be the best candidate for habitability[31] until discovery of Gliese 667C c. [31] 36
55 Cancri e
8.6 0.016 0.17 Orbits too close to the star [32] 40
HD 40307 b[33] ≥4.2 0.047 0.2 Orbits too close to the star [34] 42
HD 40307 c[33] ≥6.8 0.081 0.06 Orbits too close to the star [34] 42
HD 40307 d [35]
≥9.2 0.134 0.07 Orbits too close to the star [36] 42
HD 40307 e ≥3.5 0.1886 0.15 Orbits too close to the star [3] 42
HD 40307 f ≥5.2 385°K 0.247 0.02 Orbits too close to the star [3] 42
HD 40307 g ≥7.1 284 K[37] 0.600 0.29 0.79[38] Mesoplanet [3] 42

Note: there is no scientific consensus about terrestrial composition of most of the planets in the list. Sources in the "Main source" column confirm the possibility of terrestrial composition.

In September 2012, the discovery of two planets orbiting Gliese 163[39] was announced.[40][41] One of the planets, Gliese 163 c, about 6.9 times the mass of Earth and somewhat hotter, was considered to be within the habitable zone, but is probably not terrestrial.[40][41]

Statistics

Distance from the Solar System
Distance Lying within
the habitable zone
All
< 10 light-years 0 1
< 20 light-years 6 12
< 30 light-years 8 18
< 40 light-years 9 19
< 50 light-years 10 26
Earth Similarity Index
ESI Number of planets Notes
0.90-1.00 0 ESI of Earth is 1
0.80-0.89 2
0.70-0.79 5 ESI of Venus is 0.78
< 0.70 2 ESI of Mars is 0.64
no data 18
Habitable class
hClass Number of planets
Mesoplanet:
medium-temperature (0–50 °C)
5
Psychroplanet:
cold temperature (-50 - 0 °C)
2
Thermoplanet:
hot temperature (50 - 100 °C)
3
questionable habitability 1
non-habitable 15

Note: in most cases the composition of the atmosphere and atmosphere pressure of exoplanets are unknown, so surface temperatures are estimates based on computer models and expert opinions.

See also

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Links

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