Wednesday 13 December 2017

Scientists discover three 'super-Earths'

John von Radowitz

A nearby solar system is packed with up to seven planets including three "super-Earths" that may be capable of supporting life, scientists say.

The planets orbit Gliese 667C, one of three stars bound together in a triple system 22 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius.

Astronomers believe they fill up the star's "habitable zone" – the orbital region just the right distance away to permit mild temperatures and liquid water.

Three of the new worlds are categorised as "super-Earths", meaning they have between one and 10 times the mass of the Earth.

Irish Independent

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