August 4, 2020

A one-in-a-million discovery: Scientists spot ‘incredibly rare’ super-Earth

Another day, another super-Earth? Not so fast. This one really is special.

Calling it “incredibly rare,” New Zealand astronomers say the planet “is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of Earth,” according to a statement.

The research about the discovery was published recently in a study in the Astronomical Journal.

How does this distant world and its star compare to our neighborhood? According to the study, the super-Earth’s host star is about 10% the mass of our sun, and the planet would have a mass somewhere between that of Earth and Neptune.

It would also orbit its star at a location between Venus and Earth.

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