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Potentially habitable ‘Super Earth’ discovered 137 light-years away

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Sun, 11 Feb 2024, 10:57AM

Potentially habitable ‘Super Earth’ discovered 137 light-years away

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 11 Feb 2024, 10:57AM

A team of international astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable ‘Super Earth’ orbiting a star 137 light-years away.

Astronomers spotted the planet, known as TOI-715b, using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Dr Georgina Dransfield, the University of Birmingham scientist who led the project, says the planet is estimated to be one and a half times bigger than earth- with a rockier surface.

"It could actually turn out to be gassy, which would make it a slightly different classification. There's still a lot to find out about this exciting planet."

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