A ‘super-Earth’-like planet about five times the size of Earth has been discovered orbiting a bright red dwarf star some 10 parsecs – or 33 light years – away.

‘Super-Earth’ planets have a mass higher than our planet’s but well below those of ice planets Uranus and Neptune.

The new discovery was made by researchers at the University of La Laguna whose study on the exoplanet has been accepted for publication in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal.  

Mascareño and his team are continuing their research in the hope of discovering other planets like GJ 536 b as, he says, “rocky planets are usually found in groups”.

As the nearby red dwarf star is visible from Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, the likelihood of detecting other low-mass planets within its habitability zone is strong, according to the researchers.

We are pretty sure that we can find other low-mass planets in orbits further from the star, with periods from 100 days up to a few years,” says Mascareño.

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