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NASA discovers possibly habitable ‘super-Earth’

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Far-out!

NASA has discovered a “super-Earth” that may be habitable — and it’s “only” 137 light-years away.

“By astronomical standards, that’s not too bad!” the agency insisted on X about the planet dubbed TOI-715 b.

The planet is roughly one and a half times bigger than Earth and completes a full orbit — or “one year” — in just 19 days, NASA revealed.

More promisingly, the space rock has a “conservative” habitable zone around its parent star, meaning it may form liquid water on its surface, which would be vital to support life forms.

A second, smaller planet might be nearby that measures only slightly bigger than Earth and it, too, might dwell inside the “conservative” habitable zone, NASA reported, saying the planet “might be making its appearance at just the right time.”

TOI-715 b circles a red dwarf, which is smaller and cooler than the sun. They’re known for being the “best bet for finding habitable planets,” NASA said.

NASA has discovered a “super-Earth” that may be habitable — and it’s “only” 137 light-years away. NASA Astrobiology: Exploring Life in the Universe/X
A second, smaller planet might be nearby that measures only slightly bigger than Earth and it, too, might dwell inside the “conservative” habitable zone, NASA…



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