Gliese 832 c

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Gliese 832 c
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An artist's impression of Gliese 832 c.
Parent star
Star Gliese 832
Constellation Grus
Right ascension (α) 21h 33m 33.9752s
Declination (δ) –49° 00′ 32.422″
Apparent magnitude (mV) 10.19
Distance 16.10 ly
(4.938 pc)
Spectral type M2V
Mass (m) 0.45 (± 0.05) M
Radius (r) 0.48 R
Temperature (T) 3620 K
Metallicity [Fe/H] −0.31 (± 0.2)
Age 9.54[1] Gyr
Physical characteristics
Mass (m) ≥5.4 (± 1) M
Radius (r) ≥1.5(?) R
Stellar flux (F) ~1.00
Temperature (T) 253 K (−20 °C; −4 °F)
Orbital elements
Semi-major axis (a) 0.162 (± 0.017) AU
Eccentricity (e) 0.18 (± 0.13)
Orbital period (P) 35.68 (± 0.03) d
Database references
Extrasolar Planets
Exoplanet Archive data
Open Exoplanet Catalogue data

Gliese 832 c (also known as Gl 832 c or GJ 832 c) is an extrasolar planet located approximately 16 light-years (4.93 parsecs, or about 151,400,000,000,000 km) away in the constellation of Grus, orbiting the star Gliese 832, a red dwarf.[2][3] The planet has an Earth Similarity Index of 0.81, one of the highest Earth Similarity Indices for any known extrasolar planet.[4][5] It is in its star's habitable zone.

To date, it is the third closest known potentially habitable exoplanet to Earth.[3] The closest potentially habitable exoplanet is Proxima Centauri b at 4.2 light years while the unconfirmed planet Tau Ceti e, lies just under 12 ly from the sun.


Mass, radius, and temperature[edit]

Gliese 832 c has a mass of approximately 5.2 times that of Earth. If it had the same density of Earth it would have a radius of around 1.75 R or possibly the planet could have a higher density with a smaller radius. Its temperature is predicted to be relatively similar to Earth's, but is subject to significant swings as it orbits its star. The planet has a relatively high eccentricity, taking it very near to the predicted inner edge of the habitable zone. The planet's average equilibrium temperature is predicted to be 253 kelvins (−20 °C), but is estimated to vary from 233 kelvins (−40 °C) at apoastron to 280 kelvins (7 °C) at periastron.[4] However, because of its large mass, it may have a dense atmosphere, which could make it much hotter and more like the planet Venus.[6][7]

Host star[edit]

The planet orbits a (M-type) star named Gliese 832, orbited by a total of two planets. The star has a mass of 0.45 M and a radius of 0.48 R. It has a temperature of 3620 K and is estimated to be about 9.54 billion years old.[1] In comparison, the Sun is 4.6 billion years old[8] and has a temperature of 5778 K.[9]

The star's apparent magnitude, or how bright it appears from Earth's perspective, is 10.19. Therefore, it is too dim to be seen with the naked eye.


The planet orbits its host star with about 3% of the Sun's luminosity approximately every 36 days[4] and an orbital radius 0.16 times that of Earth (compared to Mercury's orbital distance of 0.38 AU).


The orbit of GJ 832 c around its parent star, with the habitable zone boundaries shown. Its orbit is rather eccentric and takes it in and out of the range of the habitable zone at different parts of its orbit, possibly leading to extreme seasons.[4]

The planet is a super-Earth mass planet orbiting in its star's habitable zone. Although it orbits its star much closer than the Earth orbits the Sun, it orbits a red dwarf, receiving approximately as much energy from it as the Earth does from its star.[3] It is not known whether Gliese 832 c transits its host star, something which would be required in order to detect any atmosphere the planet may have and determine its composition.

Its host star (Gliese 832) has 45% of the Sun's mass, and as a result, stars like Gliese 832 have the ability to live up to 50–60 billion years, 5–6 times longer than the Sun will live.[10]

The planet is likely tidally locked, with one side of its hemisphere permanently facing towards the star, while the opposite side shrouded in eternal darkness. However, between these two intense areas, there would be a sliver of habitability – called the terminator line, where the temperatures may be suitable (about 273 K (0 °C; 32 °F)) for liquid water to exist. Additionally, a much larger portion of the planet may be habitable if it supports a thick enough atmosphere to transfer heat to the side facing away from the star.

In the case that Gliese 832 c possess a Venusian-like atmosphere, which it could have due to its eccentric orbit (and the stellar flux reaching 1.45 S, high enough to boil any oceans on its surface), the planet would be inhospitable because of a runaway greenhouse effect on its surface. Any oceans on its surface would've boiled away due to the dense , and as this occurred, the temperature would've risen to around 322 K (49 °C; 120 °F). The water vapor would've accumulated in the atmosphere to the point where the surface temperature would rise to around 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) as the planet would've been overwhelmed by water vapor (it is a powerful greenhouse gas).[11] Little amounts of carbon dioxide would've been present, as Gliese 832 c was/is probably an ocean planet. The surface pressure would've also increased to around 100 times Earth's surface pressure (100 kilopascals, 100 atm.) because of the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. The net result would be that Gliese 832 c being a desert planet, rather than an ocean planet.

Discovery and impact[edit]

Gliese 832 c was discovered by an international team of astronomers led by Robert A. Wittenmyer.[3][4] It is the newest and closest to earth member of the top three most Earth-like worlds in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog.[4]

The planet's discoverers described the planet as "the nearest best habitable world candidate so far".[12]

Further research may be done on Gliese 832 c to see if it is suitable for life.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Safonova, M.; Murthy, J.; Shchekinov, Yu. A. (2014). "Age Aspects of Habitability". International Journal of Astrobiology. 15 (2): 93–105. arXiv:1404.0641free to read. doi:10.1017/S1473550415000208. 
  2. ^ Wittenmyer, R. A.; et al. (August 2014). "GJ 832c: A super-earth in the habitable zone". The Astrophysical Journal. 791 (2): 114. arXiv:1406.5587free to read. Bibcode:2014ApJ...791..114W. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/114. 114. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mike Wall (June 25, 2014), Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life,, retrieved June 26, 2014 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Abel Mendez Torres (June 25, 2014), A Nearby Super-Earth with the Right Temperature but Extreme Seasons 
  5. ^ Wall, Mike. "Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life". Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Nancy Atkinson (June 25, 2014), Nearby Super-Earth is Best Habitable Candidate So Far, Astronomers Say, retrieved June 26, 2014 
  7. ^ a b David Snelling (June 26, 2014), Alien planet discovered! And it's not that far away 
  8. ^ Fraser Cain (16 September 2008). "How Old is the Sun?". Universe Today. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Fraser Cain (15 September 2008). "Temperature of the Sun". Universe Today. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Adams, Fred C.; Laughlin, Gregory; Graves, Genevieve J. M. "Red Dwarfs and the End of the Main Sequence". Gravitational Collapse: From Massive Stars to Planets. Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica. pp. 46–49. Bibcode:2004RMxAC..22...46A. 
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  12. ^ Hannah Osborne (June 25, 2014), Gliese 832 c: 'Best Habitable World Candidate' Discovered 16 Light Years Away, International Business Times, retrieved June 16, 2014 

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Coordinates: Sky map 21h 33m 33.9752s, −49° 00′ 32.422″