Earth-like planet with atmosphere discovered just 39 light years away

 

In a development that has astronomers giddy with excitement, a new study published in Astronomical Journal has confirmed the existence of the first “Earth-like” planet with an atmosphere. The planet, known only as GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth, with the same small, rocky composition as our own.

However, unlike our solar system, GJ 1132b orbits a dim red dwarf star, so close to its sun that its atmosphere is likely more like Venus than Earth. Not only is the…

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