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SPACE: A Cold and Frozen Alter-Earth

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Astronomers, using a technique called microlensing, have discovered a planet about the size of Earth that orbits about the same distance from its sun.

The catch? The sun is a brown dwarf – a tiny body that not even all astrophysicists agree is really a star. As a result, OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb (we’ll just call it “oggie”) is a frozen world.

”This ‘iceball’ planet is the lowest-mass planet ever found through microlensing,” Yossi Shvartzvald, at NASA’s JPL in Pasadena said.

Maybe it has great ski resorts?


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