Super Earth Found Near Sun

IAS Prelims 2023

Scientists have discovered a new ‘super Earth’ planet with a mass around 5.4 times that of the Earth, orbiting a very bright star near to our Sun.

The exoplanet, GJ 536 b, is not within the star’s habitable zone, but its short orbital period of 8.7 days and the luminosity of its star make it an attractive candidate for investigating its atmospheric composition.

The star, GJ 536, is a red dwarf which is quite cool and near to our Sun.

During the research, a cycle of magnetic activity similar to that of the Sun has been observed, but with a shorter period, three years.