Another exoplanet near our Solar System

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Although LHS 1140b has been discovered after the Trappist 1’s planets (which already come in the category of exoplanets), it is considered at the head of the rankings in Exoplanets.

LHS 1140b is 1.4 times the size of Earth and weighs 7 times that of Earth, showing that it is probably rocky with a dense iron core. The red dwarf it revolves around is benign and stable. LHS 1140b is 10 times more closer to its star than Earth is from the Sun, but the planet is not scorched because only half the amount of light, compared to our Sun, reaches the planet.

The planet also lies in the Goldilocks zone of it’s solar system, thus stating that liquid water, if present, will remain in liquid form, and won’t turn to ice or gas.

The planet is 40 light years away from Earth in the constellation of Cetus, the Sea Monster.

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Yay for another exoplanet that we don’t have the capability to reach currently. Maybe sometime in the future, if we are able to travel at the speed of light, or find a mode of transport capable of leaping through space.