This is the one! Super-Earth 40 light years away is our ‘best chance of finding alien life yet’

A newly discovered exoplanet is causing excitement among astronomers as it has the potential to give us the best opportunity ever to find alien life.

The ‘super-Earth’, which is around 1.4 times the size of Earth but seven times its mass, is rocky, temperate and orbits a quiet star in our galactic neighbourhood.

“I am really, really excited about this discovery,” David Charbonneau, study author and professor of astronomy at Harvard University told WIRED. “This is the one we’ve been hunting for all these years!”

Read more on WIRED

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