Two super-terrestrial planets have been discovered, and their proximity to us is puzzling

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– Posted on June 22, 2022 at 15:04

Exoplanets always pique our curiosity, especially when it comes to super-Earths. These have a mass between Earth and a giant planet but can rarely harbor some form of life. Science et Avenir tells us that researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discovered two new super-Earths on Wednesday, June 15. These are particularly interesting for their proximity to Earth (33 light-years from Earth).

According to Sciences et Avenir, these two exoplanets are added to the 5,000 already discovered and make up part of brown dwarfs. They are 1.2 to 1.5 greater than a land It has a mass three times greater than our planet. Researcher Michele Kunimoto explains that these two exoplanets will be the subject of in-depth studies. In fact, their relative proximity to the Earth is a huge advantage. She explains: “Both of the two planets of this system are among the best targets for studying their atmospheres because of the luminosity of their stars. She adds: “These planets are great test beds for such explorations.”

Exoplanets that cannot support life

As in the majority of super-terrestrial planets, these two new brown dwarfs do not have favorable conditions for life. In fact, its temperature appears to be between 280 and 430 degrees Celsius. However, the goal is to find other minor planets around these two super-planets. This discovery was made possible by several months of observations made with NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey) system.

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