Scientists Discovered A New ALIEN "Super Earth," And It Is Located Right Next Door
Across the world, dedicated teams of scientists have been scanning the known universe in search of what they refer to as ‘exoplanets.' Basically, exoplanets are planets where the conditions are similar enough to those on Earth to make them viable candidates for the hosting of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Now, scientists believe that they have found one such planet in very close proximity to this solar system.
New exoplanet discovered very close to planet Earth
The newly discovered planet was scouted out using data from ESO’s High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) and HARPS-N instruments and is said to have some incredibly intriguing characteristics. The planet is what astronomers refer to as a Super-Earth. Super-Earths refer to planets between one and fifteen times the mass of this planet. It is estimated that the planet in question is approximately five times the mass of Earth.
The scientists studying this exoplanet have also been able to tell the public that this planet is only 32.7 light years away from planet Earth (approximately 10.03 parsecs) which makes it a fairly close neighbor.
The planet differs quite a great deal from Earth regarding its orbital period, which is only nine Earth days because the planet is unusually close to its sun, a red dwarf star. The star itself has been deemed sufficiently bright to allow scientists to begin to probe the planet deeper by way of transmission spectroscopy. This is when scientists use light distribution to uncover the chemical composition of a planet from extreme distances.
In recent years, red dwarf stars have been the center of a huge number of discoveries for those astronomers and scientists dedicated to searching the universe of exoplanets. In the past few years, exoplanets similar to this newly discovered Super-Earth have been discovered around red dwarf stars such as TRAPPIST-1, Gliese 581, Gliese 667C, and Kepler 296.