David Bird wrote:I think they're trying to make it relatable, and I can support that, but it gives a false impression. Most people just scan the headlines and articles.
Yeah, they only thing they can say for certain about the planet's composition is that it's warm enough to have liquid water. It's a headline meant to grab attention from the common person. It could be more like Venus than Earth.
But apart from its distance of 600 LY, I don't think the gravity would be so great that humans would find it uninhabitable. It would be like having a fat man sitting on your chest everywhere you went, but pilots deal with those sorts of forces. Inhospitable, but it's within human tolerances for short amounts of time.
Making rough guesses, based on the planet size, of course.
And given the composition remains unknown, this is all pointless speculation anyway. Still...a cool discovery.