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Astronomers have found an exoplanet with dimensions similar to Earth

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In a dataset from the now-defunct Kepler telescope, as well as from the current TESS spacecraft that replaced its predecessor, astronomers at the Japan Center for Astrobiology discovered an exoplanet named K2-415b orbiting a red dwarf with a mass of only 16 % solar, and it is located 72 light years from us. It is reported by Gismeteo.

The immediate dimensions of K2-415b are almost identical to those on Earth, but this is the only similarity, since the planet is much denser than the Earth, and it makes its annual revolution in only four Earth days. According to astronomers, given the weak radiation of the star, its orbit extends directly to the inner edge of the habitable zone.

Scientists doubt that life can be present on an exoplanet, but the very fact of its location outside the TRAPPIST-1 system, where 7 of the 14 exoplanets known to science, similar in size to the Earth, are regarded by experts as a great success, since they will be able to study the evolution of this world and even conduct a study of the atmosphere of K2-415b in the near future.

Source: Rosbalt


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