Wolf 1061, the nearby star system of the earth might have alien life, and now researchers are headed toward the discovery of this. A team of researchers from San Francisco State University is experimenting on the Wolf 1061 and its three exoplanets, for confirming if one of three exoplanets host extraterrestrial life or not. “Wolf 1061” was first detected in 1919 by German astronomer Max Wolf. Wolf 1061is an M-class red dwarf star, located in the Ophiuchus assemblage, around 14 light-years away from the earth.
Later scientists found it to host three exoplanets, with short habitable periods. Due to their presence in the inhabitable zone of the solar system, where the climatic conditions support liquid water, scientists believe one of these exoplanets – Wolf 1061c to have alien life. Though, till now, no confirmations have yet been made by the researchers, but the possibilities about the presence of extraterrestrial life can’t be completely overlooked.
Wolf 1061c is located nearly 13.8 light years from Earth, which has made it the second-closest recognized exoplanets to Earth. From the three exoplanets, orbiting Wolf 1061, Wolf 1061c is the second exoplanets. The exoplanets take 17.9 days to complete orbiting its parent star. With a mass, nearly 4.3 times more than that of Earth and radius more than 1.5 times from earth, the second exoplanets from Wolf Star system is the second closest possible habitable planet. The orbital distance of the start forms the habitable zone of the solar system is 0.084 AU, which pulls out from nearly 0.073 to 0.190 AU.
The study was led Stephen Kane, an astronomer from San Francisco State University astronomer and his team. Stephen Kane often searches for exoplanets in the stars’ inhabitable regions and finding the Wolf 1061c to be positioned in the inhabitable zone, he decided to lead an incursion into exploring if the presence and formation of extraterrestrial life are possible on Wolf 1061c or not. As the Wolf 1061c is completely within the habitable zone of the star, the possibility of its support for alien life is high.
According to the lead researcher Kane, “Because of its nearby position, the star system of Wolf 1061 is vital for investigation. Our study, once published for public access will give other chances to carry out follow-up research to find if it has alien life or not.”