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.