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Astronomers detect a nearby 'Super-Earth' planet – but you wouldn't want to live there

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According to the astronomers, the planet completes a lap around the star – one year – every 2.4 days.

For comparison, our homeworld completes a lap around the Sun every 365.25 days.

The IAC’s astronomers are, however, quite excited at the prospect of getting a better view of the planet with NASA’s TESS spacecraft.

Borja Toledo Padrón, the first author of the study published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, said: “This is the planet with the second shortest orbital period around this type of star.

“The mass and the period suggest a rocky planet, with a radius of around 1.4 Earth radii, which could be confirmed in future observations with the TESS satellite.”

TESS is NASA’s primary planet-hunter after the Kepler spacecraft was retired in November 2018 after nine years of operations.



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