Two potentially habitable Earth-like worlds orbit a star in the cosmic backyard

Astronomers have discovered two potentially habitable worlds orbiting a red dwarf star in the cosmic backyard. The planets outside our solar system, or “exoplanets,” are only 16 light-years away and have masses similar to those of our planet.

It is located in the “habitable zone” of its star, GJ 1002, which is defined as the atmosphere around the star is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water, a vital ingredient for life.

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