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This planet is located in the liquid water habitable zone surrounding its host star, a small, faint red star named LHS 1140. The planet weighs about 6.6 times the mass of Earth and is shown passing in front of LHS 1140. Depicted in blue is the atmosphere the planet may have retained. | M. Weiss/CfA
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Astronomers Say This Distant ‘Super-Earth’ Might Just Be Habitable

A recently found exoplanet has astronomers thinking that it may be the best place to look for signs of life beyond our solar system.

Published On 04/19/2017
3:17 PM EDT
This chart shows the location of the faint red star LHS 1140 in the faint constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). This star is orbited by a super-Earth exoplanet called LHS 1140b, which may be best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System. | ESO/IAU and Sky & Telescope