Super-Earths are bigger, more common and more habitable than Earth itself – and astronomers are discovering more than the billions thought to be out there

Astronomers believe the most likely place to find life in the galaxy is on super-Earths like Kepler-69c, seen in this artist’s rendering. (Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-CalTech)

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Astronomers are now routinely discovering planets orbiting stars outside the solar system – called exoplanets. But in the summer of 2022, teams working on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite found some particularly interesting planets orbiting the habitable zones of their parent stars.

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