This is what the sunset on the newly discovered planet Barnard's star b may look like. Image: Martin Kornmesser/ESO
Meet Barnard’s star b, an exoplanet only six lightyears away - space short science news

By combining old measurements with new techniques, scientists have found a planet that orbits the star Barnard, only six lightyears away. Barnard’s star is the closest single star to the Sun. Its newly discovered planet, named Barnard’s star b, has a mass of three times that of the Earth, and completes its orbit in 233 days. It is a frozen planet, as Barnard’s star, being a red dwarf, does not provide much energy to make higher temperatures, or life, possible. However, the finding of the new exoplanet in our neighborhood is encouraging, providing the impetus to look for other nearby exoplanets that may sustain life.

Read the full story: Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC)
Scientific publication: Nature