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New Habitable Zone Super-Earth Found in ExoSolar System

November 9, 2012

D 40307 is a dwarf star that is somewhat smaller and less luminous than the Sun that is about 42 light years away (12.88 parsecs).  Astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could reside, around the nearby star.

credit:  Carnegie Institution Of Science