Astronomers believe that the neighboring planetary system may contain a super-earth suitable for habitation

Astronomers believe that the neighboring planetary system may contain a super-earth suitable for habitation
Astronomers believe that the neighboring planetary system may contain a super-earth suitable for habitation
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The star, located just 35 light years away, has several rocky exoplanets, and one of them has every chance of being habitable.

At least four planets revolve around the red dwarf L 98-59, and this system looks very interesting. New observations confirm what previous studies have already suggested - the existence of an earthly world with a mass half that of Venus.

But new observations have also revealed new worlds in the same system, including an ocean planet and what appears to be a super-earth located in the center of the star's habitable zone.

"A planet in the habitable zone may have an atmosphere that can protect and support life," says astrophysicist Maria Rosa Zapatero Osorio of the Center for Astrobiology in Spain.

These discoveries mark an important milestone not only in the search for potentially habitable worlds.

"We, as a society, have been chasing terrestrial planets since the dawn of astronomy, and now we are finally getting closer and closer to finding an terrestrial planet in its star's habitable zone from which we could study the atmosphere."

The research is published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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