It's always inspiring to learn about objects we've discovered in the farthest reaches of the universe, but when it comes to practicality, it's often the closest ones that are the most useful. That's why a discovery announced today is so exciting: astronomers have detected a "super-Earth" orbiting the closest single star to our own. But don't pack your bags for an interstellar vacation just yet — from all appearances, it looks like a pretty harsh place to visit.
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Written by Ashley Hamer November 14, 2018
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