Two new super-Earths have been discovered by an international team of astronomers orbiting a distant ultracool dwarf star 100 light-years away from Earth.
The newly discovered exoplanets orbit the second coolest star ever discovered with planets orbiting it.
The system's inner planet, designated LP 890-9b, is roughly 30% larger than Earth and orbits the dwarf star in just 2.7 Earth days.
The second planet, LP 890-9c, is slightly larger, measuring roughly 40% the size of Earth.
"TESS searches for exoplanets using the transit method, which involves simultaneously monitoring the brightness of thousands of stars."
The SPECULOOS project telescopes, which are located in Chile and Tenerife, do not share this weakness.
"The goal of SPECULOOS is to look for potentially habitable terrestrial planets transiting some of the solar neighborhood's smallest and coolest stars."