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Planet Super-Earth passes through the habitable zone of the red dwarf star

Astronomers have discovered a “super-Earth” orbiting a red dwarf star just 37 light-years from our solar system. The exoplanet Ross 508 b touches the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, the zone in which surface temperatures are adapted to allow the existence of liquid water, a key ingredient of life. The newly discovered exoplanet …

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Super-Earth Ross 508b touches the red dwarf's habitable zone

Super-Earth Ross 508b touches the red dwarf’s habitable zone

Figure 1: Schematic diagram of the newly discovered planetary system around Ross 508. The green region represents the habitable zone (HZ) where liquid water can exist on the planetary surface. The planetary orbit is represented by a blue line. For more than half of its orbit, the planet is estimated to lie closer than the …

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