Scientists Discover 'Super Earth'

A Planet 40 Percent Larger than Earth

A new super-Earth has been discovered that could possibly support life.

Astronomers have discovered a planet that is pretty similar to our own. LHS 1140b is a rocky exoplanet 40 percent larger than Earth. The planet, which is estimated to be about five billion years old, orbits a red dwarf star 39 light-years away. Scientists believe LHS 1140b’s location, rocky terrain, and possible atmosphere are indicators that the planet could support water. If LHS 1140b can support liquid water, then it could possibly support life as well.

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