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Scientist have discovered a new "weird" planet that could help provide answers in the search for alien life and extraterrestrials in space.

Planet TOI-1231 b, which orbits a red-dwarf star similar to our sun, is some 90 light-years away from Earth and is one of the “coolest” and comparatively small planets known to date.

Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico believe that there may be evidence of clouds in the planet's atmosphere, possibly even made of water.

NASA JPL scientist Jennifer Burt said: "TOI-1231 b is one of the only other planets we know of in a similar size and temperature range, so future observations of this new planet will let us determine just how common (or rare) it is for water clouds to form around these temperate worlds."

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