A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun

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Since the 1960s, scientists and exoplanet hunters have searched for evidence of planets orbiting one particular star. It’s called Barnard’s star and it’s only six light-years from our sun — a stone’s throw in a cosmic sense. 

Now, an international team of astronomers has managed to discover a possible planet, known as a super-Earth, orbiting the star.

Published in the journal Nature this week, the discovery was made by a team at Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory, using, among other instruments, the observatory’s High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES).  

Artist’s impression of Barnard’s star planet under the orange tinted light from the star.

Artist’s impression of Barnard’s star planet under the orange tinted light from the star.

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A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun