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Astronomers discover Earth-like planet just 11 light years away

A temperate planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from Earth by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) , the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe. A team working with ESO’s High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has found that the red dwarf star Ross 128 is orbited by a low-mass exoplanet every 9.9 days. This Earth-sized world is expected to be temperate, with a surface temperature that may also be close to that of the Earth. Ross 128…