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TESS mission spots Earth-size potentially habitable planet and ‘Tatooine’ system

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

NASA’s planet-hunting mission TESS has found its first potentially habitable exoplanet the size of Earth orbiting a star about 100 light-years from Earth, according to the agency.

The findings were announced during the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Monday in Honolulu.

The planet is part of a multi-planet system around TOI 700, a small, cool M-dwarf star in the Dorado constellation. It’s only about 40% of our sun’s mass and size, with half of the surface temperature.

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