Indy100  Astronomers report that a number of “exoplanets” (aka planets which are outside of our solar system) have been discovered, and they could “potentially host life”. The discovery was published last week, revealing that there are two ‘Super-Earths’ currently orbiting one of the stars closest to us.Super-Earths are planets with masses higher than Earth’s but smaller than planets such as Uranus and Netpune.  The term essentially refers to the size of the planet. What makes these new ones exceptional is that they have a much better chance of retaining their atmosphere, which increases chances for life.
This is because they are orbiting the red dwarf star known as Gliese 887, which is just 11 light years from Earth.
This star has a “habitable zone” dubbed as such because water – essential to life as we know it – could exist. It’s also much less active, making it’s less prone to dangerous flares, which can destroy a planet’s atmosphere.