Why is exciting planet discovery called “Goldilocks,” and what is its actual name?

This week, excitement was stoked by the discovery of a “Goldilocks planet” within our astronomical neighborhood. Located about 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra, the exoplanet in question has temperatures ranging from –25 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit , orbits its star from a distance of .146 Astronomical Units (about 14 million miles), and has a mass 3 to 4 times that of the earth. In other words, this planet falls within the zone scientists have determined as “just right” for habitability — not too hot, not too cold, not too far from its sun (or too close.)

Unofficially, the planet has been called Zarmina’s World, after the wife of the astronomy team’s leader Stephen Voigt. However, no official means to name an exoplanet exists. The planet naming protocol to date is to designate the planet’s star and a lower case letter starting with b (the star itself is considered the “a”). In this case, being the sixth planet from the star Gliese 581, the planet is called Gliese 581g.

The star Gliese 581 is a red dwarf that is part of the Gliese Catalogue of Nearby Stars, one of 965 stars within 20 parsecs of earth surveyed in 1957. That means there are 965 stars dubbed Gliese – it does not have a unique designation such as Sirius or Polaris.

Gliese581g is tidally locked to its star, so one side of the planet gets constant light and the other side is constantly in darkness. NASA scientists say the most habitable zone on the planet would be at the terminator, or the line between shadow and light. The planet’s sidereal day equals its orbit of its star, 37 days. Although it is yet to be determined, scientists are hopeful that Gliese 581g has water, an indication that will highly support the possibility of life.

A note about Goldilocks: In the earliest versions of the “Three Bears” story, there was no blond trespasser. The interloper was either an old woman, a “silver-haired” girl, or a fox.


  1. Rain Phillips -  March 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    does this planet have any moons?

  2. Mitchell Rilatos -  April 23, 2012 - 10:39 am

    This is too much for the world to think about….

  3. Bryan -  February 21, 2012 - 2:01 am

    It is real?? please tell me…. can we live there?? -_-

  4. Rachel -  January 22, 2012 - 11:39 am

    Somehow only JUST heard about this… and I’m studying Norse mythology at the moment. Can’t help but to draw comparisons between “Zarmina’s world” and Ginnungagap (the vast chasm where life began which lies between fire and ice). Hmmmm…

  5. Minaza -  October 12, 2011 - 4:23 am

    k now i am a little confused so is it called Goldilocks or zamina or something else..coz i remember my teacher tell some there name! but this is awesome news….i wish i could also work at NASA some day.or..i wish i could be an astronaut..or.i wish i could visit Goldilocks…

  6. Minaza -  October 12, 2011 - 4:13 am

    in school they mentioned there is a new planet and it has a little water in it.and i was excited to knw more so i serched and found this website and when i went through…i realized it that it was first called as goldilocks.

  7. vince -  May 10, 2011 - 5:52 am

    i understand alll of you but there’s somethnig in my mind that if we live there ,if there is a populoation there too we might multiply the population there by multple times ..what im afraid for is there is a cannibal there that 2x more stronger than us or more how cool is that…

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  9. Jem -  March 7, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    I have no idea why people are saying it’s practically impossible for intelligent life to be on this planet. It happened on Earth didn’t it? If there are billions of stars, billions of solar systems, billions of galaxies, why couldn’t it happen somewhere else? And before someone says it, I don’t belive thet God created us, because why would he create one world, populate it with intelligent life, and then make a bunch of other galaxies and stuff for us to find? But, as someone said befor me, it would be heaps cool if scientists were looking at Earth from Gleise 581g through a telescope, wondering if it’s inhabited with intelligent life.

    • Brian -  October 24, 2014 - 4:50 am

      Jem, there’s likely no human-level intelligent life on the planet, mostly because we’ve never gotten a radio signal from them. SETI has been looking for incoming signals for several decades, and received very little information from the universe with regard to communication. True enough, there *could* be human-level intelligent life on that planet, they just haven’t developed radio technology yet…but it’s a lot of “ifs”. Life? Possibly. Intelligent? We can’t say…but not likely.

  10. Tom -  February 24, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    How can u say this planet is goldilocks ANYTHING? 1) it’s 14MM away = tooo close- well maybe b4 the sun was a red giant it WAS a similar distance away as we are now, 2) it doesn’t rotate, so it has no magnetic field, ergo it’s bombarded by all the radiation its sun spews at it. 3) relying on its revolution AROUND its sun to go from day to night over the course of 34 earth days and it’s extreme temperture range is NOT conducive to life. So any civilization residing on the planet had better be a couple of BILLION years old to have developed the technology to survive- probably underground- otherwise they either left or died.

  11. ShadE -  February 24, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    i dont think people are really thinking about the whole box with this. its just a entertaining subect. it was ment to make us have a simple dicussion about a new planet with the charactericts of ours. and if you think about it. a/ we cant over populate a planet 4 times ours with every human being. b/ our planet is fine, we are still alive, the gods havent destroyed us yet, and we continue to evolve hince this new discovery. c/ yea it is almost impossible to get to this planet, it would take a miracle, but why should we kill others hopes? hmm? if you dont have anything nice to say then dont say it at all. d/ how about we split our focus on a few things such as world hunger, better techonally, new space objects, better goverments etc.? any ways all those who admire this new planet i agree its amazing whats out there and how much more we prove these “jesus freaks” wrong that it is very possible for other life in the universe. i have nothing agaisnt christians but really? no one cares about the “show us His universe her made for our amusment and show us Hss love” bs. its a fing planet not a new relegion. why do we call earth fing earth to those that think its a dump name to call it goldilocks?? earth means dirt, soil..,or the planet which we live on cover in 70 sumthing % of water, hmm what a controditcion.

  12. Sky -  February 24, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    “Haylee on September 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    If this planet is habitable then I don’t believe we should let humans get there grimy fingers on it, I mean seriously? Look what happened to Earth. It’s overpopulated, we’re being threatened by “global warming’, and people use Earth as their own personal trash can. Lets not destroy that planet too.”

    i agree with haylee. humans will most likely be the cause of the next mass extinction. what we really need to do is establish a system that will control the population, rather than worry about other planets right now.

  13. anonymous -  January 31, 2011 - 2:48 am

    by the time that a mayday could come from there the problem would either be over or they would be dead.

  14. weston -  January 29, 2011 - 2:58 pm


  15. anonymous -  January 28, 2011 - 9:18 am

    I agree with Waltz.

  16. AoiKitty -  January 13, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    I agree with u Mitch. Some humans just don’t have any common sense. If this race became extinct I’m sure that would decrease 99% of the commotion in the world – I really do hope that happens.

  17. AoiKitty -  January 13, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    -.- people these days.

  18. CoolKid -  January 12, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    This planet is a little too hot but not too cold. But if you would love to visit this planet or would want to Post Comment After this!

  19. andrew -  January 12, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    why the $%@#! would someone name a planet after goldilocks!

  20. Joe B -  January 12, 2011 - 11:54 am

    This is really exciting, although there are expected to be plenty of “Goldilocks” planets. But as for the people thinking we could possibly travel there is quite funny. Space travel today i very limited (for humans) also for all we know that planet could have been blown up by its inhabitants already because of global warming that they caused ha ha.

  21. Mitch -  January 12, 2011 - 9:28 am

    I know this comments section is older, but I’m starting to think that a majority of the posts here were written by 8 year-olds. Firstly, just because a SMALL portion of the planet has a temperature range close to ours DOES NOT MEAN IN ANY CASE that the planet is hospitable. There were a few posts where the writer brought up some important details. The atmosphere and atmospheric pressure would have to be just right, the density of the planet would be a major problem, then there’s possible xenobiology issues like bacteria and viruses and other disease causing elements. The long and short of it is this, nobody writing on this comment section will EVER set foot on the planet. Nor will your children or your children’s children. Add a couple hundred years to our current technology and we MAY be able to send a probe there to send us pictures which will still take 20 years to get back at the speed of light, which is fine considering the probe (even at the speed of light) would take 20 years plus just to get there. Oh, and all this talk about tesseract and folding space is at best science-fiction. These are all somebody writing fiction trying to come up with a scientifically plausible way to avoid saying they magically ended up 100 light years away. No hyperdrive…. no warp drive…. NOTHING. And just in case some of you didn’t know this, Star Trek and Star Wars are NOT real life. You may not understand this, but sometimes, big people (you know, adults… mom and dad) make stuff up to entertain each other or even you.

    To get to the point, while I applaud the scientists and astronomers that made it possible for us to get a pretty picture of a small portion of our universe, we are wasting our time talking about this planet like humans will ever set foot on it. For all we know, when I finish typing this, God might come back and take us all home. Then we can REALLY explore the universe God created just to amuse and amaze us, and show us His love.

  22. chip -  January 12, 2011 - 8:00 am

    People, Earth is not overpopulated. There are several cities that are overpopulated, but Earth is not. Just drive across the US to see what I mean (or of course Africa).

  23. Kimiko -  January 12, 2011 - 5:43 am

    They Named it Goldilocks because it’s just right for living organisms!!!:DDDDDDD Aliens…….O.o Nozzzzzzz

  24. Miles -  January 11, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    I think I know why it’s called the Goldilocks Planet. Think about it: Goldilocks went into the Bear’s home without knowing it. We go into that planet without knowing it, so it’s called Goldilocks Planet.
    It wouldn’t be call the Wonderland Planet, like Alice in Wonderland, because it’s not like it’s in another dimmension or world. It’s just a different world (no portals included).

  25. Aoikitty -  November 9, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    GO TEENS!!!! I’m glad to see that the homo sapiens species can read. Someone mentioned something about folding space (a straight line isn’t the fastest route. The fastest route is a tesseract according to a wrinkle in time.) But that’s an old theory. I’m pretty sure humans can’t do that, even if the 5th dimention IS a tesseract. I sometimes get the feeling that cats tesser. You know, one moment they’re there and the next they aren’t – only when you have turned around to pick something up?
    that might be incorrect grammar, but whatever. I guess I’m still young and stupid. And then you find them pawing through your cereal.

  26. nick -  October 17, 2010 - 7:47 pm

    People please note: a famous person once said: It’s not the strongest of species that survives,nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.—meaning that if we find water on the planet and adapt to the temperature range, we would be able to live anywhere on that planet. Also the people living in the polar areas of earth can already inhabit the dark side of the planet because they’re used to the subzero temp. If the scientists discover life on the planet then we could adapt to using that as a new food source. When we find a way to get there all we pretty much have to do is bring along some of the technology from each and every nation and then we’re all good to go to very closely replicate the way life is here on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Murphy -  October 12, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    You never know, the planet may not be like ours there may be new life that we could not find on earth. And you never know if it did hold life it might be dangerous.

  28. autumn -  October 8, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    i toataly agree on halees comment

  29. warren -  October 7, 2010 - 7:24 pm

    Is that be so interesting, and strange if theres a creature living in that particular planet. And what might be that creature??? Im just Conscious how it looks like???

  30. Ethan -  October 7, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    We are going the wrong direction in technology. We need to get rid of burning fuel to make energy and using plastic and other materials made of oil. If we can do that we might be able to get to the planet

  31. Joel Mathias -  October 7, 2010 - 5:05 am

    we will only be worthy of interplanetery travels…When we have understood, what the Native American understood; and they did SO; long before us…not that we do not understand, or couldn’t at the time, “we are and were, totally equipped, and always have been”!!!…If the whole of nature does, why dont we!?!?!? Only The People With The Heart Of Buddhas…Or Like Minded Beings, should be allowed to excarpe; this Paradise & Hell. That we have Karmicly And Proudly Created, after many Generations Of Artful Stupidity…Only Those, Good People will be Allowed, To Travel “To Create Value” with or with out Technology…or Body…”Some Do!” and through out time people have down so!!! “do not ask me to prove it” this will be wasting both our time!!! If The Native American of past and present, couldn’t Enlighte The Civilised European Man…how could I dream of doing better, when the playing feel is much, more Corrupt and Murky, Fearful, and Sold Out Already!!!

  32. Aja14 -  October 4, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Also, scientist have never even seen this planet – they just know it’s there because of the way the star wobbles as the planet rotates around it.

  33. louis paiz -  October 4, 2010 - 5:36 am

    thanks for the information regarding the new planet,it was a great expirience to discuss the subject with my eight years old grand doughter ,i discover that she was most interested in new planets then my self. i was very proud of our scientifics i knew that sooner or later that was going to happen the only big question i have is the propietors ship who is to be the owner the because i understand that celestial bodys nobody can be the ownner or belongs to none.

  34. ness -  October 3, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    to Xara: It’s called Goldilocks because it’s not too hot, and not too cold. It’s just right.

  35. hailey -  October 3, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Planets have always interested me but a new planet named Goldilocks whooooooow and do you still take people up into outerspace for one million dollers or did the president already shut you down! Sincerely,Hailey ps.promise me you will go back to goldilocks and see if their are eney aliens!

  36. Mark -  October 2, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    I have to make another comment about the issue of “not destroying life” and “not ruining another planet,” etc etc. In the first place, the “sanctity of life argument” seems, to me, to often be extremely double-sided and hypocritical. For example, how many hundreds or even thousands of insects have you killed over the course of your life simply because they were somewhere where you did not want them to be? Or how many weeds have you ripped out of the ground, or mice you trapped or poisoned, or other “insignificant” life you ended? People argue about the sanctity of life at the same time that they exterminate “lesser” life left and right.

    Also, we have only “ruined our planet” by undergoing societal, cultural, and intellectual evolution. Sure, we’ve made a lot of stupid decisions, and still are making them, but it’s mostly in the goal of bettering standards of living through progress. We wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t gone through the Industrial Age, when we polluted without care because we didn’t know any better. We know now, and we’re slowly working to make it better. But in any case, I doubt that hardly anyone who bemoans the “ruination of our beloved planet” would want to get rid of all their technology and live without it. Then you couldn’t argue about environmentalism over the internet.

  37. smoothie -  October 2, 2010 - 9:16 am

    well it is a pretty little fairy tale that we could live on this planet so i guess goldilocks is a great name to reference it. look people, the reason we survive here on planet earth is because we have a rotating iron core providing us with a magnetic field that shields us from the carnage of solar radiation. even if this planet is in the sweet temperature zone of another star it is not rotating and is less dense than our planet, both implying no existence of a magnetic shield to protect the planet from the brutality of its star’s fury. no, sorry dreamers, this planet aint the one. this radiated death ball would not be habitable for anything that we would recognize on our gentle, kind, and temperate planet. any atmosphere would have been mercilessly stripped away. any water would have to be in the form of ice on the permafrost dark side, where by the way, would be so cold your body would become a fleshsickle in a matter of moments. take heart though the universe is so massive that our little paradise that we call earth doesn’t even equate to a speck of dust. not only is there life and habitable planets out there; there are infinite amounts of life forms and infinite habitable worlds to find. now if we could only figure out how to fold space rather than travel across it……….you know the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line…its no distance at all:)

  38. Dil -  October 1, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    I’m so wondering about this…as we know there are a lot more galaxies on the universe..I’m wondering if there are some other creatures or forms that are living in another planet…and if there are..I’m wondering if they are also wondering like the way I’m wondering…if there are other living creatures aside from them in another planet”… I wonder If God created other creatures aside from us, human beings, in His own likeness??? or are we alone in whole universe and so God chose the earth to be the only living planet???..

  39. mark V -  October 1, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    The planet isnt as habitable as it sounds.

    “Tidally locked” means there isnt a Day/night cycle, one point is always facing the sun. That half of the planet gets constant light, and sits at 70 Celsius, while the opposite is a brisk -20celcius. Half of the planet is smoldering, and the other half is Canada. Everyone but the Canadians would be forced to live along the small band where its constantly Sunset.

    I doubt this is mathematically correct, but the general idea is right. Its mass is supposibly four times earths, which will make makes gavity something like 4x stronger, and thus makes us experience 4x weight.

    Weigh 150 pounds? Start training to walk around with a 450lbs suit of armor.

    There could very well be life on the planet, but life starts microscopic, which means there will be several hundred trillion new diseases and bacterias to ruin our systems, when we can barely hold our own against the local ones.

  40. ken -  October 1, 2010 - 9:35 am

    at pat up there and I didn’t read mark. How would we be up there in the space race unless the government decides NASA can do space stuff again instead of primarily worrying about the feelings and self esteem of the muslim? That was just something I read about in Forbes Magazine. I suppose thats easy enough to change : )

  41. Dethanos -  October 1, 2010 - 9:25 am

    “But wouldn’t a planet 3 to 4 times the size of Earth have roughly 3 to 4 times the gravity?”

    Only if they had roughly the same density.

    As for those who have expressed views opposing interstellar colonization, let me remind you that any species residing on a single planet or in a single star system is doomed to eventual extinction. Any planet will eventually experience changes that make it inhospitable to life (collision, failure of magnetic field,..), and every star eventually dies.

    As far as I am concerned, the long-term survival of humanity and whatever other lifeforms we manage to seed across this galaxy far outweighs whatever temporary damage we may do along the way. Planets recover and the universe is filled with them. However, we don’t know if the universe has anything to match the life that has originated on this little mudball called Earth. The preservation of that life must be our foremost concern.

  42. [...] “GOLDILOCKS”, “ZARMINA’S WORLD” OR “GLIESE 581g” — Somebody is pretty far out there, fourteen million miles, give or take two or three. — We still like the “ZEUS CODE” as protocol for future planet and star naming. — The Post office may save itself yet if they get into the gaming. — We have no wish to discourage the inhabitants with SPAM — BUT “junk mail” and multiple catalogs and a hard copy of “GOLDILOCKS” and The Stew-Bears and maybe “Green Eggs and Ham”. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

  43. liyah -  October 1, 2010 - 6:26 am


  44. saya -  October 1, 2010 - 12:11 am

    As humans manage to “accidentally” kill new species they come across (out of curiosity) in jungles they’ve destroyed, let’s hope the same pattern is not followed with the discovery of another beautiful creation…can’t they just leave the planet alone…”no touchy”…and admire it from afar? That question has already been answered by several of you. So I’ll answer from God’s (our Creator) word, the Holy Bible, at Isaiah 45:18. It’s apparent we can all read, even if our grammar (esp. mine) is lacking. Enjoy its beauty while you can. Have a beautiful day.

  45. Pat -  September 30, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    Going along with Mark above me, the only sentiment I have for is Adams Henry, because I feel the same exact way. It’s ludicrous to think if Mar’s was as habitable as Earth, we wouldn’t touch it and unbalance its ecosystem. Last time I checked we certainly did here. We would be launching nuclear rockets to Mar’s the first opportunity we got.

    But I’m proud and happy we found this new planet, hopefully our species comes together closer as one nation before it decides to shoot for the stars, or we’ll more than likely be that invading alien we portray in the movies, except fighting each other. But I must say, Russia wouldn’t be any major competitor in any space race, because they’re a shadow of their former selves with a mentality that they’re the juggernaut of Europe when in fact, Europe together out-does it.

  46. luz -  September 30, 2010 - 11:33 pm

    This, like the MAJORITY of interstellar pictures, are INDIVIDUAL ARTIST’S CONCEPTIONS. I’m sure if we got all of our creative cells together, we too could conceive of a pretty, glowing planet like our Earth…and Joseph all the way at the top, I too am tickled by the irony of terrible grammar on this particular site. Insert happy face here__=)__!

  47. Carrie -  September 30, 2010 - 11:05 pm

    This “new” discovery of Goldilocks can be anything but new. The fact that this past week an ex-navy air force official came forward and held a press conference about a factual documented extraterrestrial incident that happened in Montana with the Missile base in the fifty’s that was on CNN, and that on Nova one of the best rocket scientists of our time said that within “ten years I guarantee we’ll make contact with extraterrestrial life” plus all the mystery and highly guarded/secured that shrouds area fifty one, goes to show that this is a very convenient time for scientists working for the government to present to the American people a new finding of a planet that has just the right kind of habitat for it to actually be habitat-able. Think about it a little more. Don’t always accept what you hear or see to be the truth, no matter who it’s coming from.

  48. Gary -  September 30, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    The article also says the planet has a mass 3 to 4 times that of Earth. That means the planet would have a heavier gravitational field, which would make it difficult to move around.

  49. Gary -  September 30, 2010 - 10:48 pm

    There’s a technical name for the “Goldilocks Zone” of a star. It’s called the “exosphere.” The exosphere is that range of distance from a sun in which a planet would have a climate suitable for human habitation.

    If/When life is found elsewhere, more data will be added to the science of exobiology.

  50. Scott -  September 30, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    Crank up the star gate people. Let’s crash whatever party they got going on over there.

  51. Robert -  September 30, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    all of yous shut up about “global warming” our “global warming” is a natural fluctuation of the earths climate not “global warming” it is more aptly climate change and we have not screwed up our planet global warming is just a way to make money by labeling tings as “green”

  52. Corbin -  September 30, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    Thank you for some common sense comments! I’m glad to know that there is SOME intelligent life on THIS planet. I was beginning to wonder by some of the comments posted here.

  53. Shadia -  September 30, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    PEOPLE…it’s 20 light years away, don’t get your hopes up on living there too soon

  54. kevin -  September 30, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    haha, i don’t think we’ll be making there in my life time if its 20 light years away.

  55. Jack -  September 30, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    “Just right for habitation,” eh? But wouldn’t a planet 3 to 4 times the size of Earth have roughly 3 to 4 times the gravity?

    I’m just asking because it might be a little uncomfortable for me if I moved there and suddenly weighed 800 pounds.

  56. Zeitgeist -  September 30, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    I hope we find people there so we can exploit them.

  57. Tyler -  September 30, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    Yeah and I forgot, like Mark above me says, the planet is pretty damned far away. 20 light years, meaning it would take 20 years to get there traveling at the speed of light, something we might not ever even get close to. It would take hundreds of years, and even more, to be able to reach this planet by standard means of space travel… More, even. By then, they may want nothing to do with us, have died out, the planet could have been deserted, destroyed, etc – even thinking if life could possibly live there.

  58. Benn -  September 30, 2010 - 9:55 pm

    Replying to the self righteous person near the top of the comment section who mentioned not letting humans get their hands on the new planet.

    The three things you mentioned are
    1) Overpopulation. The world is not overpopulated, humans simply crowd to one place to avoid isolation. Like moths flock to a flame, humans flock to where other humans exist
    2)Global warming. The earth is not heating up, the temperature is going through a period of slight change that happens every so many thousand years. It rises slightly and lowers slightly. It’s been like that for a long time now, and will not change.
    3) Pollution. A mathematician figured out that if you where to dig a hole somewhere in the middle of the desert or wherever you deem a suitable location so many miles wide, and so many long, you couldn’t fill it with all the trash in the world in the time it would take for it all to degrade. You drive by landfills and your hippie mind thinks “Oh noes, the mother earth is being destroyed!!1! I must save it” which is wrong.

    You are wrong, and all the other self righteous people who use pseudo science for their own personal goals are wrong. Please do not speak about things if you have no idea what you’re talking about. Study deeper into things rather than just swallow the garbage that television shoves down your hungry hole.

  59. Tyler -  September 30, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    its nicknamed “Goldilocks” because its not too hot, nor is it too cold, quite literally too. This planet is the general makings for life, and similar to earth, in terms of distance from the sun and temperature, though there is a bit of a variance.

  60. Ferret -  September 30, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    ubaldo: We aren’t saying that people “can and will” live on this other planet, but that it’s a possibility that we could, and if we can, then we might. Who knows, even though the planet has (according to what we think) all the necessary conditions to be hospitable, it still may be lacking in something small and unnoticable, but necessary.

    In other words, as an answer to your question (if it was a question), maybe.

  61. Caleb Reyes -  September 30, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    Alright a lot of people were asking why the planet was “named” Goldilocks. First of all, the planet was not named Goldilocks. It was dubbed unofficially as “Zarmina’s World” after the wife of the discoverer. Second, read the end of the first paragraph. The planet isn’t too hot, isn’t too cold, but just right. Hmm. Seems to ring a bell, doesn’t it?

    P.S. I’m only a thirteen year old boy in eighth grade who found it kinda funny that a bunch of adults (most likely) couldn’t figure out why a planet that isn’t too hot, not too cold, but just right, was called a “Goldilocks Planet.”

  62. Anonymous -  September 30, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    Give us, I don’t know, maybe 80 years. By then the world will have changed. Technology will improve, more habitable planets will have been found, and the scientists will have finally gotten their heads out of their asses and atleast try to fix global warming. And then what? Are we supposed to move into another world for it to happen again?
    Any one realize this is really similar to 2012? One guy gets curious and discovers some big secret and everyone jumps to conclusions

  63. Michelle -  September 30, 2010 - 8:33 pm

    Whoa- so, when the sun gets too hot for live to inhabit earth millions of years from now, we and the animals can evacuate the earth and travel to Goldilocks. Only, it takes 300 years to get there…. hmm…we’d better start building that spaceship now…..

  64. ms.karma -  September 30, 2010 - 8:27 pm

    hmm. pollution and over population are all effects of our mistakes as humans. we abuse our natural resources, we create useful technologies not considering the ill effects it would cause the Earth. now if living in planet Goldilocks is a choice to solve the problems we’ve caused here on Earth, that’s not right. it’s not solving anything, we are just running from the ghosts we made.

  65. Aoikitty -  September 30, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    @james, you do have a point there. Also, to all those people who believe that we can live on that planet, please don’t even think about it. But that planet can be a hoax. It could just have a colorful atmosphere :3 . it could also have been abandoned long ago. As james said ‘not too hot and not too cold’ could be something else for other organisms. I don’t think there are any rotton humans on that planet. A simple change in anything could lead off to a whole different branch of the evolution of a species. If i were a life on that planet, i would be completely infuriated with the thought of “aliens” (us. we call them aliens, they call us aliens)landing on my planet and shouting strange phrases and naming my backyard something stupid. And what if there was life? They could have technology or even natural weapons within their bodies fit to blow a human into smithereens for fertalizer for the garden.

    by the way im 12

  66. Satomi214 -  September 30, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    1-humans need to work on their issues heare on Earth before they even start to think about picking up and moving to another planet 2-there is nothing that says we can inhabit this discovered planet, just that the temperature range is similar to Earth’s 3-there is proof of the lunar landing, if you watched mythbusters you would know that, they prooved that years ago
    everyone needs to chil because there’s no way we’ll know all the information the scientists desire for generations and they’ve dicovered plenty of other planets that may be “just right” but do you really want to go on another planet when you know that all human kind will do is push out any natives (move to the americas anyone?) or enslave them (Africa)? we should just leave the planet alone…

  67. Katalina -  September 30, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Seriously, everyone really needs to start being positive! All this negativity, how does one possibly believe life here on earth can succeed? Believe in humanity and that some great discovery has come about and it will be the best discovery of mankind? We can start new life there and learn from previous mistakes. The only problem with humanity now is we take advantage of what we have, don’t appreciate the things we have, and have nothing positive to say and only strive off negativeity! For real get over it life is great and our discoveries are great but if we keep downing them they won’t succeed so just believe for once and appreciate the technology we have!

  68. Cole -  September 30, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    I sound like a nerd for saying this but if there is life there i dont want it to be like elites,brutes and grunts from Halo cuz then we’d all die from aliens and be like AHH!…i sound like a nerd 0_0

  69. Yep -  September 30, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    What Mark said.

  70. ♒☉♐☽ -  September 30, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    This news is kind of old, the planet was already found to be habitable last year; even though many blogs only discovered it yesterday and today.

  71. makenzE -  September 30, 2010 - 7:54 pm

    i htink its fantastic that another planet like earth has been found if theres water on it we could live there-well not us but our greaet children but first ppl need to learn how to save planet earth

  72. Katherine -  September 30, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    wow. this is like, totally kewl. (yes its spelled wrong on purpose) i saw it on yahoo and i didn’t believe it but its on here too? now im starting to believe it. although there is definetly the possibility that we can ruin this new planet, i think that scientist should find out if we could really live here, then bring like, a few people to try it out and if it works, then maybe they could try and find a way to use this planet and live on it so that we don’t harm it like we made our precious earth suffer. i mean, back then we didn’t know we were harming the earth and we had an excuse (even though it’s kinda bad cause there still are really bad people out there who don’t care) but now we know what is bad and wht is good, and i think that we should do what we can so that we can live on this planet without the conflicts we have here on earth, and help preserve mother nature.

  73. Jeff -  September 30, 2010 - 7:50 pm

    I have to agree with Mark… it is amazing how so many people think people are pollution… You know we all put off carbon dioxide … Sure is a good thing that plants like to breath it in…

  74. Anonymous -  September 30, 2010 - 7:49 pm

    The possibility of life on Gliese 581 seems very feasible once reached. Although, to travel that far would require large quantities of time. Unfortunately, we have not been able to create any vehicles that can reach the speed of light. Assuming we could build a vessel with this speed, we would be unable to keep the people we send on board alive at that speed.
    As of now, a feat like this is near impossible.

  75. mayra -  September 30, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    it’s new for me..! woooow

  76. Mark -  September 30, 2010 - 7:35 pm

    I’ts pretty hilarious that people on here are complaining about how we’d mess up another planet by polluting it. What do you prefer, that humans overpopulate, over-polute, and all die here on Earth?

    Besides, if/when we develop the technology to even consider populating another planet 20 LIGHTYEARS AWAY (i.e. really friggin far away by today’s technology), we’re bound to have more sustainable types of fuel, etc. As a species, we’re slowly learning how to be more efficient with our technology.

    And it’s not like destroying another planet is such a big deal. Planets are being created and destroyed by the forces of the universe all the time. Any impact we have would be so tiny that it would be basically negligible.

  77. Burrito -  September 30, 2010 - 7:34 pm

    I think is so great that another planet like earh was found, but I just hope is not a picture from this earth that was taken from the moon.
    and if this is true that there is a planet like eath and if humans can live in it, when can we start moving in.

  78. Izzy -  September 30, 2010 - 7:31 pm

    Wow! That’s amazing. the possibilities are endless out there in space but i hope we don’t ruin that planet as we have ruined our own

  79. Aja14 -  September 30, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    Just because it has habitable temperatures doesn’t mean it’s habitable. There would have to be water, along with the correct atmospheric pressure and atmospheric compostion. That information will take many decades to find out, and equiping a spacecraft to travel there will take centuries. Even if it is habitable, we probably won’t inhabit it, as we would completely distrupt the ecosystem already there, and Earth is just fine (as long as we don’t ruin it – but we wouldn’t just go and ruin another planet too). So don’t get too excited – after all, they’re still working on Mars.

  80. Charm -  September 30, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    Was very helpful finding out how scientists name planets! Previously it was jumble of meaningless numbers and alphabets to me.

  81. Harly -  September 30, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    I find it sad that the first thing that came to my mind after reading this article was Pandora and the giant blue cat people from Avatar.

  82. HANIFATUS SA'DIYAH -  September 30, 2010 - 7:05 pm

    WOW that’s good news. God tell us that He is very big and too big to make any creature He want. SUBHANALLAH

  83. Pro.Kern -  September 30, 2010 - 7:04 pm

    I think if we start colonizing other planets it will make some serious history of human expeditions to other planets,it will put the US,Rus,China in competition to be the dominate country to have more control.It will cost billions of dollars though. Also we will probably get new plants and discover new species,maybe even a intelligent species that could understand human commands and have similar human build to complete more complicated task.

  84. Saul -  September 30, 2010 - 7:03 pm

    This planet is so cool, but we won’t be able to see it in our life time and it might get polluted, but scientist might figure it out by then and the people traveling there will teach there brand new kids, their kids kids, and so on to take better care of it.:)

    P.S. The planet is called Goldilocks because the temperature is “not to hot, not to cold, but just right”

  85. Jeff -  September 30, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    Our world does a really good job of supporting life … We can even survive the next ice age… As long as we have oil…

  86. Joe -  September 30, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    Even if life existed on this planet it would be extremely difficult for human life here on Earth to reach it. It takes two years to get to mars, how long would it take to get to Goldilocks? Just saying…

  87. yoyo -  September 30, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    ….mmm now to find away to travel faster or equal to the speed of light….any methods ppl?

  88. nerd -  September 30, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    they need to name it something cooler if im going 2 live there hoppfely they will be arnachists like me

  89. Jamir Rodgers -  September 30, 2010 - 6:48 pm

    That is totully asome to live on and scientist should let us people liive on it

  90. luis -  September 30, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    if there life i hope they dont bring anything here, like a virus or bacteria 0.0

  91. Anniekins -  September 30, 2010 - 6:38 pm

    @ Carmina:
    I agree with you 100%! We humans are the reason Earth has become a wreck! And (the powers that be …aka, scientists/government) are perusing all possible options for habitation so we can repeat the same mistakes. Instead of thoroughly devoting all the time, effort ad resources to undo the mess we created, ‘they’ want to do the same to another planet!

    Despite the intelligence that God has given to the very few who make the decisions for the masses, they still have no idea what they are doing. Case in point; the BP energy co.

    And regardless of all of mankind’s achievements in the technological, medical fields or new-found inventions, the masses will still live in turmoil, sufferring and strife. This is not a perfect life and never will be. It’s the prophecy and fulfillmet of the ‘the living truth’ – the bible!

    Sorry to be a pessemist for all those who can’t deal with the real world we live in!

  92. Fat Boy -  September 30, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Oh! I’m kind of disappointed goldilox is 4 times earth’s mass, I was hoping there would be planet near by that with much less mass than earth so that I could go there and finally lose that last 40 pounds! Now that would be juuust right.

  93. james -  September 30, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    @ haylee i totaly agree with you, if we get hold of tht planet, it will become the same as our earth in a while. i also have a question: does other living beings have to have water? i mean just because we need water doesnt mean they do. so preety much there could be life any where. nobody ever proved that other beings need what we do.

  94. Mike -  September 30, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    I find it very very very intresting…now if only I had a roll of quarters to punch the people who actually believe that a trip to this planet exists. Listen the moon landing is a hoax, the rocket never left earth, and when they did try to leave…well you know what happened. The only thing humans are good at is making you baboons believe that there is actually a hint of opportunity to this false observation of the stars. WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP.

  95. Brian -  September 30, 2010 - 6:29 pm

    I wonder if they have Comcast.

  96. Arsalan Syed -  September 30, 2010 - 6:27 pm

    I would would prefer if we did not wast so much time with this. Humans as still too primitive as it is, Remember what happened with the aboriginals and the Americas? What I am trying to say is, no matter how much people say they don’t want slavery and to steal more land, their mind sets will allow them as long as they are not seen in negative light. Now think about it, at least the name should give a hint to this “Zarmina’s World”. If somebody came to another country that was named chicken buns, and some stranger started calling it America’s world, I would be offended (yes that was supposed to be humerus) Plus look at out own damn planet, we wast billions of dollars each year for this shit, and look at our own planet, global warming, war, endangered species, starvation…When I was a kid I would think this stuff was cool, but when I saw what was happening to the earth I love so much…Astronomy went up my ass!

  97. carlos -  September 30, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    if 2012 happends we can all live in the other palnet GOLILOCKS!! :D :) :P
    (not saying that i belive in 2012 too much)

  98. Austin -  September 30, 2010 - 6:20 pm

    finally found a planet other than mars

  99. vini -  September 30, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    to live on other planets like on this here, you should be assured on some facts like:
    -his gravity is adjusted for our weighting capacity? (its 4 times bigger than earth)
    -is there water in liquid form?
    -is the atmosphere composed at the least of O2?
    -and the food and other renewable compounds?
    -is that other toxic elements, compounds, salts, radioactivity or any life hazard?
    -is goldilocks located on roaming asteroids or comets safe position?
    -what about the bacterias, virus and other disease agents?
    -is it also free of bigger menaces like predators?

  100. Logan -  September 30, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    I wish that the human race would shape up and band together to expand to different planets instead of fighting wars and killing each other. It’s bad enough that people are fighting but to kill somebody of your own species degrades you to below that of animals, seeing as how there are so few animal species that will kill one of their own.
    I think it would be tight to travel to this planet, the human race as a whole needs to just get along and expand outwards (space-wise) :)

  101. dd -  September 30, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    omy!!!! thats crazy they find a new planet and they call it “goldilocks”
    were do people come up with theses type names lol.
    but its cool though

  102. Joseph -  September 30, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    :) Considering that this *is* dictionary.com, I’m surprised at how many grammar and spelling mistakes occur in this comments section. Not saying that I, myself, am not without fault, it’s just ironic :) Other than that, neat article! Sadly, I always hear about planets that could potentially sustain life, then they fall off the edge of the earth, never to be heard of again :/

  103. chris alejo -  September 30, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    living on a new planet sounds AWESOME!!! if we get over there to Goldilocks, we shouldn’t repeat mistakes we’ve made her on Earth, like atomic bombs, global warming or destroying the environment, etc.

  104. Ruben -  September 30, 2010 - 6:04 pm


  105. joe -  September 30, 2010 - 6:01 pm

    whats with all this inhabiting garbage, the planet is 20 light years away, we cant make it to mars, no ones going to touch it any time soon

  106. al gore -  September 30, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Ill be spending my next vacations there, i guess its cheering when you get far off everyone sometimes

  107. Antonio -  September 30, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    if we were able to inhabit that planet then everything we do there should be eco friendly and no cities should be made and no war and it could be like a peaceful planet! :D

  108. ms.karma -  September 30, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    it’s good if humans could live there. but i would not want to go there. :P

  109. Solaris -  September 30, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    How exciting, I just hope we know better by the time i invent the ship that travels their

  110. AndyP -  September 30, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    I’m stupid. It’s straight from the comment about the distance to the nearest star, “not too cold, not too hot”…

  111. tad merkley -  September 30, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    OK so they say it could be habitable that does not mean that it is and yeah the temp is right but we don’t know if there is water and if there are inhabitants then i think we should stay off there world i mean we screwed up ours enough why should we have the right to go some where else and possibly take over there planet and screw it up more then ours and if its bigger then earth the gravity is greater so maybe we cant even go there and function at all which would be for the best in my opinion

  112. ms.karma -  September 30, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    oh, i wonder if there are living creatures in there such as animal or human counterpart in that planet, aliens or something, whatever you call it.

  113. Hannah -  September 30, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    haha wow you guys. we should all go live on this wonderful planet 20 million light years away names after a fairytale.

    hey! maybe the “ailens” that live there will have cupcakes prepared for us.


  114. Pensive -  September 30, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    This is an amazing break through! And I agree with adam henry, scientists and what not need to move it. I want to see this planet I want to know what happens with this planet and I know I will never get to see it! There could be other animals on it to, I’m not talking about beings as smart as us but there has to be something on some planet if not this one. There only needs to be the tiniest little organism and that would be life. All the same I hope this planets the one.

  115. 8-up -  September 30, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    “Goldilocks” because it’s not too hot, not too cold… that’s why…

  116. garrett -  September 30, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    The planet is not named after goldilocks it is just nicknamed that because its the first planet to be discovered in the goldilocks zone other than earth. The goldilocks zone is like they said not too cold, not too hot, just right.

  117. Puddingprince101 -  September 30, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    OK, I am like a total astronomy geek, so I am so many BILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS MORE EXCITED THAN EVERYONE ON THIS FREAKIN PAGE!!!! I hope I get be around when NASA decides to try to populate it with humans. But sometimes I think, really, what good do humans do? I know God gave us this planet to use and just have, but what have we done with it? Destroyed whole species of animals, destroyed part of the ozone, overpopulate, and we just fight in wars and kill each other! I still want to know if the planet is something humans can love on, though. I just hope there’s no intelligent life on the planet. I know it’s WAY too sci-fi to say that, but really? How would the world feel and act if some things came by and tried to make their population grow on our planet? Not very well, and they’d get nuked. So are we going to get nuked when we get there?

    Thanks for reading,


  118. Will -  September 30, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    “Goldilocks planet” i.e. one that isn’t too hot, or too cold. It would be just right for our species to live there.

  119. Townes Van Zandt -  September 30, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    Dear Dictionary.com: I love your website and, especially, this blog. However, please put somebody on moderation duty so your thoughtful blog posts aren’t overrun by imbecilic comments like so many other sites.

  120. chino -  September 30, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    Thanks Dictionary.com :) a planet called Goldilocks,” LOL dats a werid name

  121. Faith -  September 30, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    heeeeeey then what about poor pluto??? hes being REPLACED!!!!!!!!

  122. Tyler -  September 30, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    I know that this planet doesnt have any life.

  123. AndyP -  September 30, 2010 - 5:32 pm

    I’m guessing the name ‘Goldilocks’ comes from the bit about hospitable regions lying on the terminator. One side is too sunny, one side is too dark, the middle is juuuust right…

  124. Mike -  September 30, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    How long would it take to get there in a modern rocket ship?

  125. Jordan Poskitt -  September 30, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    It would be nice if we could live on it but thers no possible way to get there alive

  126. Thomas -  September 30, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    It’s called Goldilocks because the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. She went through all the porridges, chairs, and beds until she found the one that was “JUST RIGHT”. They give it the nickname because this planet may be “JUST RIGHT” for the possibility of E.T. life.

  127. Javier -  September 30, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    It would be marvelous, but twenty light years? Humans will not be visiting this planet within out life times, unless by some miracle we break the light barrier with in that time. Even then the journey would take a couple of decades.

  128. Alec -  September 30, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    Look. Its 20 light years away. The data we are collecting is at least 20 years behind. Second, in estimation, there must be 40 generations of human living on a spaceship (that somehow must be STILL powered by rockets) to get to this planet. Impossible, yet intriguing.

  129. Aleta -  September 30, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    WOW. That’s crazy cool.

  130. Ezzy -  September 30, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    And now they’re going to kick us out and throw off to this new planet named after the three bear story? Uh…. PASS!!

  131. Chase -  September 30, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    WOW this is so cool. I knew we would find a habitable planet soon :)

  132. Rachel -  September 30, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    Wow! We could live here! How freaking cool would it be to travel through space just to get to there? I bet you could see billions of stars! (: That would be one of THE coolest things in the world. Or…universe! Haha

  133. Jeska -  September 30, 2010 - 4:42 pm


  134. Carmina -  September 30, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    oh, so there checking out new planets so we can screw them up too??? nice. reeeeeeal nice.

  135. dyonrax -  September 30, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    i hope that there’s a water,.

  136. bob smith -  September 30, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    LOL. i thought we were the only thing out here!

  137. minji song -  September 30, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    no way! it doesn’t mean that u can live in this horrible disgusting planet. It’s irrelevant johnny!

  138. johnny suh -  September 30, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    why did they name the planet “Goldilocks”? and is this planet an inhabitant place to live in? o.o its about the same temperature range as earth’s temperature range.

  139. Eddie -  September 30, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    So there saying that we can go to this unknown planet and live there all a sudden?

  140. Nathan -  September 30, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Cool. We might be waiting awhile before we get to know if there is actually life. 20 light years is a lot. It could be a lot worse.

  141. Adam Henry -  September 30, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    I find this exciting news, Yet I am disheartened that I might never get to know what is on the planet (if anything), or be around when (if) we find away to tavel there. It sounds crazy to get so upset over something so unchangable but this is a big deal! I believe I may have some right to feel a little jealous of my future great great great grand-children (or maybe their great grand-children) by then there would be thousand of mind-blowing possiblies already achieved and inovated (muliple times) to another higher extreme to gawk at! Prehaps by then the big and little things that worry us would be obsolete or public restrooms would be taboo (or barbaric)? By then all that is science fiction to us now is comparable to evil, witches and werewolfs or folklore of the hystaric and uneducated minds of the fearful blindness of past human civiliztion! Please hurry! Get on the ball, Physicains and other men required! Make it posible for our lagacy to do all that we can only dream!

  142. Xara -  September 30, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    I dont get why its nicknamed Goldilocks. Will someone explain??? Other than that though its really cool.

  143. angie -  September 30, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    its so pretty!

  144. #1 Skillet fan -  September 30, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    I didn’t know that. Thanks dictionary.com :)

  145. mark V -  September 30, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    All that time playing Mass Effect2 finally paid off, i understand all of this article. =D

  146. Danielle -  September 30, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    The idea of life on another planet is quite exciting. Of course, intelligent life may be a little too hopeful, but even nonintelligent life would be an incredible breakthrough.

  147. ubaldo -  September 30, 2010 - 3:07 pm


  148. Haylee -  September 30, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    If this planet is habitable then I don’t believe we should let humans get there grimy fingers on it, I mean seriously? Look what happened to Earth. It’s overpopulated, we’re being threatened by “global warming’, and people use Earth as their own personal trash can. Lets not destroy that planet too.

  149. tedriena wilson -  September 30, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    this is a good finding im happy they found another planet

  150. Waltz -  September 30, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Then we find out that scientists on Goldilocks are looking at our planet for the exact same reason we’re looking at theirs :D


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