Super-Earth: The Second Chance for Future Generations

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A new Earth has been discovered: Is this a second chance of life for humanity? The new planet that has been identified outside the solar system is approximately thirty-one light-years away, and is twice the size of Earth and six times Earth’s mass. This new planet is known as “Super Earth”.

According to N.A.S.A, this newly detected planet is classified as a super-Earth in the exoplanet classification, meaning that this planet is similar to Earth and is pertained outside the solar system. 

N.A.S.A detected that a fifth of the planet’s mass is made of light elements and compounds. Some of those elements include water, and due to this exoplanet lying within the “habitable” zone to a star, it is assumed that this planet can possibly withstand life.

According to the astronomer Angelos Tisiaras, the planet cannot officially be classified as a “second Earth,” but it is “the best candidate for habitability that [is known] right now.” Paving the way for hope that this super-Earth might not only be the best option, it just boils down to equipment and the continuation of the search. 

The super-Earth has many redeeming qualities that make it one of the top candidates for a possible chance as a future home to a future generation of the human race. It has the capability of water, an atmosphere that N.A.S.A predicts is oxygenated to some degree, and what appear as land masses on the planets outer surface.

According to The Space, the super-Earth is approximately 26 million years away. The current technology available in today’s day in age is not at capacity to be able to take people there and still survive. 

Despite the technological setback for humanity, this super-Earth is still something that is being investigated. It’s a new light that shines on the problems facing Earth today. A possible second chance for the human race to have another planet that hopefully survives humanity’s destructive ways.