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Astronomers found it using the European Southern Observatory HARPS telescope (or High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher)

A newly-discovered ‘super-earth’ at the edge of a star’s habitable zone could be a top contender for an alien planet beyond ours which supports life.

Gliese 163c, which lies beside a red dwarf star, has a mass of 6.9 times that of Earth and an orbital period of 26 days.

Researchers believe the new-found world’s location means it could be a super-earth where liquid water could exist.

 

Artistic representation of Gliese 163c as a rock-water world covered with a dense cloud layer (left).

Astronomers found it using the European Southern Observatory HARPS telescope (or High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher).

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2198884/New-super-earth-discovered-red-dwarf-star-Gliese-163-support-life-Earth.html#ixzz277f8zyLx