Washington, – Over the last year, researchers have found nearby exoplanets that could potentially support life, a “super-Earth” has been found 39 light-years away, according to new research in the journal Nature.

Before the discovery of super-Earths, Earth was considered to be the largest rocky planet.

The next largest planets in our solar system are gaseous, like Uranus and Neptune.

Previous studies suggest that planets larger than 1.4 times the size of Earth are usually gaseous, said Jason Dittmann, lead study author and postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The researchers confirmed that the super-Earth planet is located in a region where the its reasonably warm, allowing for the flow of surface water, and consists of rocks and soles of iron which make it suitable for living.

US scientists have intensified their search for viable planets after the discovery of the first such planet outside the solar system in 1992, and since then 3500 worlds have been discovered in 2675 astral systems. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency