In recent years, scientists’ hunt for more earthlike planets has got significant momentum and recently, the scientists have discovered a new earthlike planet 39 light years away which could be in the best condition to sustain life.
The scientists revealed that the earthlike planet circles around a faint dwarf start LHS 1140 and is actually in the habitable zone. Interestingly, despite being just 1.4 times of the size of earth, the planet’s mass is seven times greater which suggests that the planet could be made of rock and iron core. Dr. Jason Dittmann, Lead scientist from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge commented, “This is the most exciting exoplanet I’ve seen in the past decade. “We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest quests in science – searching for evidence of life beyond Earth.”
The discovery was made using MEarth-South telescope array in Cerro Tololo and later scientists observed the star’s “wobble” caused by a gravitational tug of war with the planet and confirmed the presence of a super-Earth.