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Potentially Balmy Super-Earth Is a Tempting Case Study in Habitability

A new, nearby exoplanet could be just the boilerplate needed to find out if life could exist in untold numbers of star systems.

The planet, LHS 1140b, is 39 light years away. It orbits a small M-dwarf star every 24 days. The planet itself is 1.4 times larger and 6.6 times more massive than Earth, and the principal investigators of the study published today in Nature believe it to be rocky.
Standout Super-Earth
Our list of exoplanets is long — nearly 3,500 strong, with new planets coming

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