Two potentially habitable Earth-like worlds orbit a star in our cosmic backyard

Astronomers have discovered two potentially habitable worlds orbiting a red dwarf star in our cosmic backyard. Extra-solar planets or “exoplanets” are located only 16 light years away and have masses similar to our planet.

They are located in the “habitable zone” of their star, GJ 1002, defined as the shell around a star that is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water, a vital ingredient for life.

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