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Scientists have discovered a planet 4 times larger than Earth.
Scientists explained that the giant planet is located outside the solar system, and was observed revolving around a star 36.5 light years away, according to the Asharq Al-Awsat website, quoting the British newspaper, Daily Mail.
The new planet was called Ross 508 b, in the so-called “habitable zone” of a faint red dwarf star, and the planet orbits around it every 10.75 days..
This period is much less than that needed by the Earth to revolve around the sun, and it takes 365 days, but the star that revolves around “Ross 508 b” is much smaller and weaker than our sun..
And the “habitable zone” belonging to a star is that area around it in which a planet the size of the Earth, or larger than it, orbits, and has a composition similar to its composition and its surface contains mostly water.
Ross 508b was discovered by an international team of astronomers using the Subaru Telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory in Japan..
Although the planet is located in a temperate region, not very cold or hot, experts believe that it is unlikely to be habitable, noting that future studies will look into this specifically..
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