French astronomer finds new planet

Artist’s view of Ross 128b and its star, with the clouds that would mean it has atmosphere

The exoplanet is situated outside of our solar system

French astronomers have told how they discovered a potentially habitable Earth-sized planet that has similar surface temperatures and may be able to support human life... and it is ‘only’ 11 light-years away.

A Université Grenoble Alpes team led by Dr Xavier Bonfils discovered exoplanet Ross 128b – using the planet-hunting HARPS instrument at the European ...

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