Newly discovered Earth-sized planet might be right for life

Sun close to horizon on illustration of an exoplanet

Searching the galaxy for planets like Earth is a slow-going needle-in-a-haystack proposition. In fact, out of over 5,000 other planets discovered by astronomers to date, only about 12 even come close. That number has been increased by one however, thanks to the discovery of Wolf 1069 b, a planet with an Earth-like mass and the potential existence of liquid water and an atmosphere – all qualities that make it a good candidate to study further for signs of life.

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Category: Space, Science

Tags: Astronomy, Exoplanet, Habitable zone, Max Planck Institute

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