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NASA’s TESS exoplanet-hunter finds tantalizingly close Earth-size world with moderate temperature

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Using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), scientists have discovered a tantalizing world that is remarkably close to our solar system.

The extrasolar planet, or “exoplanet,” named Gliese 12 b orbits a small and cool red dwarf star located just around 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pisces. The planet is estimated to have a width around 1.1 times that of Earth, making it similar to our planet as well as Venus, often called our world’s solar system “twin.” 

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