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New contender in hunt for alien life discovered by astronomers - The Guardian

Exoplanet LHS 1140b is believed to be about 40% larger than Earth and lies 39 light years away in the constellation of Cetus, orbiting a red dwarf star. Ian Sample Science editor. @iansample. Wed 19 Apr 2017 13.00 EDT Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 ...and more »

Newly discovered exoplanet may be best candidate in search for signs of life - Science Daily

Date: April 19, 2017; Source: ESO; Summary: An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title 'best place to look for signs of life beyond the solar system.' Using ESO's HARPS instrument, and other ...and more »

M-Dwarves and the Search for Life - JSTOR Daily

A motherload of 7 Earth-sized exoplanets has been found in Trappist-1, a system in Aquarius named for the telescope that first spotted it. Three of the planets are in the so-called habitable zone, the appropriate distance from their star for liquid ...and more »

Newly discovered exoplanet best place to search for life, astronomers say -

About 40 light-years from Earth, a small but massive rocky world orbits a cool, red star. It's here, researchers say, where we might find the best chance in our search for life. The planet is LHS 1140b — a "super-Earth" only about 1.4 times the size ...and more »

"Super-Earth" offers chance for life outside solar system - KXXV News Channel 25

This shows the central region of the Tarantula Nebula. The cluster to the lower right contains hundreds of young blue stars, among them the most massive in the universe. Source: NASA. ADVERTISEMENT. X. start. share. 1/7. Close X. Embed Slideshow Code ...and more »

A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life - New York Times

A prime planet listing has just appeared on the cosmic real estate market, possibly the most promising place yet to search for signs of life beyond the solar system, the astronomers who discovered it say. It is a rocky orb about one and a half times ...and more »

New super-sized Earth may be close enough to detect signs of life - USA TODAY

Scientists have found a planet the size of a jumbo Earth circling a nearby star, meaning it is one of the handful of worlds where astronomers' sensors might be powerful enough to detect signs of life. The new planet, known as LHS 1140b, receives enough ...and more »

Super Earth 'is best place to look for signs of life' -

An exoplanet orbiting a nearby red-dwarf star may be the “best place to look for signs of life beyond the solar system”, according to the team of astronomers that has discovered the rocky world. The exoplanet is called LHS 1140b and is located just 39 ...and more »

Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found Close Enough for Us to Study Its Atmosphere Soon - The Wire

A planet's atmosphere is what we need to be studying the most if and when we're looking for signs of life. Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found Close Enough for Us to Study Its Atmosphere Soon. Sandhya Ramesh · Science · Space. 19/Apr/2017. An artist ...and more »

Potentially habitable super-Earth is a prime target for atmospheric study - Astronomy Now Online

The study of alien worlds is entering its next phase as astronomers amass the best planets outside our Solar System to look for signs of life. A newly discovered “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby small star, has catapulted itself ...and more »