Astronomers have discovered a ‘super-Earth’ just 31 light-years away. But, is it habitable or glacial?

This illustration shows one interpretation of what GJ 357 d may be like. (Photo: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Chris Smith)

A potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ has been discovered just 31 light-years away from our solar system, astronomers announced Wednesday. 

The planet, named GJ 357 d, is about six times larger than Earth and orbits a dwarf sun GJ 357, much smaller than our own, every 55.7 days. The international team of astronomers that discovered the planet said in a news release that it could “provide Earth-like conditions.”

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