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Super-Earth May Just Be Around The Corner

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In the recent TESS Science Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the multitude of discoveries about the space and other planets through NASA's hunting telescope has helped uncover a lot of wonderful discoveries, just a year after the start of its operations. 

GJ 367d and Proxima b were two of the most recent space discoveries made through radial velocity. This process involves for signs from the stars. The wobble in the stars could mean the gravitational tug of the planet that is orbiting around it. Of the exoplanets that were detected as part of the GJ 367d, two of which have been identified by the researchers as "habitable zones."

"She gets about the same kind of stellar energy from its star. It can be likened to the amount of energy that Mars is getting from the Sun," as the authors of the new study writes. The GJ 357 c, the name of the planet in between, has a mass that is 3.4 times more than that of the Earth. It is also characterized by the fact that it orbits the star at regular intervals of 9.1 days at a distance comparable to the transiting planet. Its temperature is at an equilibrium around 260 degrees Fahrenheit. 

"This system is only 31 light years away," added Gonzales-Quiles. Earlier, the researchers also reported that the planet comes with "snowballs" that practically shows the development of life. GJ 357 is believed to have an atmosphere that is dense, with its water maintenance much like that of the Earth. Researchers believe that there is a high possibility of life to survive the exo-planet with a telescope available. 

TESS has been up in the atmosphere for a year now and it roams the sky. For the twelve months that it has been up, it has already discovered 21 planets and about 850 potential exoplanets -- planets that rests outside the solar system where the Earth belongs in. The scientists have come across GJ 357 d and another planet that seem to orbit the star while they were confirming the first discovery of the satellite to what can be considered an exo-planet. They called it the GJ 375 b, which is not habitable because of the temperature of it surface reaching up to 490 degrees Fahrenheit. 

NASA's TESS is an instrument in space that helps scientists on Earth to identify the existence of exoplanets that are beyond our solar system. Katnegger describes the GJ 357 d as a possible moderate planet that can be likened to that of the Earth in so many levels. And because it is only 31 light years away, scientists believe they have found an exo planet that is similarly habitable like that of the Earth. 

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