Bummer … Barnard’s Star is likely barren
Due to its proximity (just 6 light years from Earth), Barnard’s star is often short-listed as a target for humanity’s first interstellar probe.
Astronomers have long hoped to find a habitable planet around it, an alien Earth that might someday bear the boot prints of a future Neil Armstrong, or the tire tracks of a souped-up 25th-century Curiosity rover.
Which is a bummer, because new observations indicate that Barnard’s Star is likely barren, its habitable zone empty of planets Earth’s size or larger.
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