ESO Science Release | 2017 Apr 19
Transiting rocky super-Earth found in habitable zone of quiet red dwarf star
The newly discovered super-Earth LHS 1140b orbits in the habitable zone around a faint red dwarf star, named LHS 1140, in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). Red dwarfs are much smaller and cooler than the Sun and, although LHS 1140b is ten times closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun, it only receives about half as much sunlight from its star as the Earth and lies in the middle of the habitable zone. The orbit is seen almost edge-on from Earth and as the exoplanet passes in front of the star once per orbit it blocks a little of its light every 25 days. ...
Potentially Habitable Super-Earth is a Prime Target for Atmospheric Study
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | 2017 Apr 19
A Temperate Rocky Super-Earth Transiting a Nearby Cool Star - Jason A. Dittmann et al
- Nature 544(7650):333 (20 Apr 2017) DOI: 10.1038/nature22055