Fifteen new planets, including one habitable ‘super-Earth’, found near our solar system

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  • Fifteen new exoplanets have been discovered
  • It includes one ‘super-Earth’ that could harbor liquid water
  • The Japanese research team hopes to find more new planets

Scientists from Japan discovered 15 new planets – including one ‘super-Earth’ that could harbor liquid water – orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system.

The research team led by Teruyuki Hirano of Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Japan validated 15 exoplanets orbiting red dwarf systems.

According to IB Times, one of the 15 newly discovered planets was found orbiting one of the brightest red dwarf stars, called K2-155, located about 200 light years away from Earth.

Scientists uncovered that this alien world, designated K2-155d, has a radius of 1.6 times that of Earth and could be a super-Earth located within the habitable zone.

“In our simulations, the atmosphere and the composition of the planet were assumed to be Earth-like, and there’s no guarantee that this is the case,” Teruyuki Hirano said.

Hirano hopes that NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which will be launched in April 2018, will help alien planet-hunters discover more new planets.