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In the sub-genre of Science New That Sounds Like Poetry is Science News That Sounds Like Poetry from Lord of the Rings, water-rich worlds found around red dwarfs is a winner. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:

Now, Rafael Luque, a postdoctoral scholar and astronomer at the University of Chicago, and Enric Pallé, an astronomer at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, present tantalizing new evidence that these systems contain strange water-logged worlds, as well as rocky and gas-rich planets, that “could potentially be habitable if the appropriate conditions are met,” according to a study published on Thursday in Science.

The team reached this conclusion by compiling newly available mass and radius estimates of small worlds that orbit red dwarfs, in a first-of-its-kind approach. For years, scientists were able to estimate the size of these exoplanets by watching them pass in front of their stars from our perspective on Earth, but only recently has it become possible to estimate the mass of these worlds.

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