Astronomers discover two ‘super-Earths’ orbiting nearby star

Two new “super-Earth” exoplanets have been found orbiting a nearby late-type M dwarf star. The newfound alien worlds, designated LP 890-9 b and c, are slightly larger than the Earth. The finding has been published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. The discovery makes the star the second-coolest star found to host planets after TRAPPIST-1, the authors of the paper concluded. They added that the planet is the second most favorable habitable-zone terrestrial planet known so far.

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