That’s the story. Apparently it’s pretty close to us, AND, it has a red dwarf sun ( that’s what we got ). In other words, it could be just like Earth in all the ways it takes to support human-like life. That’s the good news. The chances of that happening, in my opinion, are about 100% eventually. We just don’t have the technology right now to do it reasonably. We can guess with as much supporting information as we can get. But, we won’t know for sure for a while. This video explains the chances pretty good. It’s a cool video.
The bad news is IF it’s this place:
The planet being Alpha Centauri Bb, it would be JUST 4.3 light years away. That would mean once we get a telescope powerful enough to zoom in on that planet, what we would see would be stuff occurring 4.3 years ago. Not too bad folks. Not too bad. So, if we sent a microwave transmission to them, it would take about 8.6 years to get an answer. If, there was anyone there at all. That’s doable I suppose. Then, the problem gets a little more complicated. IF we did find someone was there and intelligent enough to understand what we sent them and we wanted to visit, we’d have to travel a lot slower. At this time, Voyager I should be traveling at about 39,000 mph. That’s pretty dang fast. At that rate, it took it about 18 years to exit our solar system. At that same rate, it would take about 661,538,461.5 years.
That’s just to get there.
And, this story comes from articles written by space.com. NASA released a report today that studied the temperature of rooftops in cities. We’ll never get anywhere soon.