Tuesday, 6 February 2024

"NASA's New 'Super-Earth'! A Potential Second Home Just 137 Light-Years Away!"

Recently discovered "super-Earth" may have potential conditions for sustaining life.

The exoplanet, TOI-715 b, is located only 137 light-years away from Earth.

It orbits within the "habitable zone," where liquid water could exist, essential for life.

TOI-715 b is about 1.5 times the width of Earth and orbits a small, reddish star.

The same system may also have a second Earth-sized planet, making it intriguing for habitability.

The "habitable zone" measurements suggest the potential for liquid water on the super-Earth's surface.

Due to its proximity to a red dwarf star, a year on TOI-715 b is equivalent to 19 Earth days.

The close orbits make these planets easier to detect and observe with telescopes like TESS.

TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has been contributing to the discovery of habitable-zone exoplanets