Researchers Discover Super ‘Cold’ Earth Six Light-Years Away From the Sun

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temperature of 238-degrees below zero

Artistic impression of a sunset from Barnard’s star b. (Image by Martin Kornmesser/ESO)

(FOX NEWS) – A bone-crushingly cold Super Earth has been discovered approximately six light-years away from our Sun, a new study shows.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, reveals the planet, known as Barnard’s star b or GJ 699 b, has a temperature of 238 degrees below zero. It has a mass of at least 3.2 times the size of our Earth and orbits its star every 233 days at a distance where water would be frozen, known as the “snow line.”

“After a very careful analysis, we are over 99 percent confident that the planet is there,” said lead author Ignasi Ribas of Spain’s Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia in a statement.

For comparison purposes, rubber freezes below -98 °F / -72 °C and human blood freezes between -2°C and -3°C.

Barnard’s Star is the second closest red dwarf star to our solar system (after Proxima Centauri), at 30 trillion miles from Earth. The team of researchers combined 20 years worth of data from seven separate instruments to make their conclusion and discover the planet.

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