Astronomers find a new planetary system close to Earth and are ‘optimistic’ there will be habitable worlds

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Astronomers find a new planetary system close to Earth and are ‘optimistic’ there will be habitable worlds

Published Thursday 16 June 2022

Astronomers have found a new multiplanetary system just 33 light-years from our own planet.The system, now the closest known one to Earth, has two terrestrial planets orbiting a cool M-dwarf star, named HD 260655.The inner planet, HD 260655b, orbits the star every 2.8 days and is about 1.2 times as big as the Earth but is slightly denser, while the outer planet, HD 260655c, orbits every 5.7 days and is 1.5 times as big as the Earth, but is less dense.These planets are, unfortunately, not habitable; the planets orbit their star at too close a range, exposing them to...

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