They discover two rocky exoplanets that could be habitable

The two exoplanets were discovered thanks to observations from NASA’s Tess telescope. The former is about 1.32 times the diameter of the Earth and up to 13 times its mass. It orbits its star in 2.7 days. While the other is located a little further from the star and is about 1.37 times the diameter of Earth and up to 25 times its mass.

Exoplanets can be classified as super-Earths, rocky worlds larger than Earth and smaller than Neptune, the scientists detailed.

The second exoplanet, LP 890-9c, is in the so-called habitable zone of its star. This is a zone not too close and not too far in the orbital neighborhood of each star where liquid water could exist on a planetary surface and thus life as we know it could exist.

According to the researchers, after the Reflecting Telescope System (TRAPPIST), it is the second most promising and potentially habitable world.

“We must not get ahead of ourselves. Being in the right place doesn’t guarantee a beach with palm trees,” says astronomer Robert Wells, from the University of Bern (Germany), who added that the neighboring planet Venus, which is a pressure cooker rich in carbon dioxide, is almost 500 degrees Celsius, it is also close to this so-called habitable zone around the Sun.

Scientists will need to make more observations to determine its nature in more detail, but the discovery suggests that there may be more such worlds waiting to be discovered in the solar neighborhood.

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Fuentes: Sputnik

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