Artist’s impression of the super-Earth exoplanet LHS 1140b

This artist’s impression shows the exoplanet LHS 1140b, which orbits a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth and may be the new holder of the title “best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System”. Using ESO’s HARPS instrument at La Silla, and other telescopes around the world, an international team of astronomers discovered this super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone around the faint star LHS 1140. This world is a little larger and much more massive than the Earth and has likely retained most of its atmosphere.

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About the Image

Id:eso1712a
Type:Artwork
Release date:19 April 2017, 19:00
Related releases:eso1712
Size:4000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:LHS 1140b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets
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