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Astronomers have identified a distant exoplanet as a “super-Earth” that has the potential to harbor alien life. On top of this, the team also discovered that this planet, called K2-18b, has another, similar world hiding behind it. 

A super-Earth is a planet with a mass higher than Earth but smaller than larger bodies like Uranus and Neptune.

The two new super-Earths orbit a red-dwarf star around 111 light years away. K2-18b, scientists say, could be in an excellent location for alien life to emerge—having perfect conditions for surface water, a fundamental ingredient for life, to exist.

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Category: Science