Nearby planet that could support life discovered

Scientists have discovered a new planet 35% larger than Earth which is 11 light years away.

According to Astronomy and Astrophysics, the planet is named Ross 128 b and orbits a red dwarf star, likely within its habitable zone.

The study places the estimated surface temperature of the planet between -60 and 20 degrees, which means it could contain liquid water.

Astronomers believe that life may be likely on Ross 128 b due to its placid red dwarf star, which does not produce many solar flares.

While Ross 128 b could support life, the best candidate for a life-supporting planet in our vicinity remains Proxima Centauri b, which is 4.3 light years away.

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Nearby planet that could support life discovered