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Super-Earths zip through the habitable zone of a red dwarf star

Astronomers have discovered a super-Earth planet orbiting a red dwarf star just 37 light-years from our solar system.

tea extrasolar planet Ross 508 b clears the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, the region where surface temperatures are just right to allow the presence of liquid water, a key component of life. The newly discovered exoplanet is about four times the mass of Earth, and was discovered using new infrared observation technology. This giant Earth’s proximity to our planet means it’s ripe for atmospheric investigation, which could help researchers determine if life could exist around a low mass. stars.

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