The NASA team, professor of Michigan State, has discovered a planet that could sustain life

Illustration of newly discovered Earth-sized planet TOI-700e orbiting within its star's habitable zone.  Its Earth-sized sibling, TOI 700d, can be seen from a distance.  Joy Rodriguez, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, is part of the team of researchers working with NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey satellite that discovered the planet.

EAST LANSING — After more than a year of working investigating stars, a Michigan State University professor has helped NASA confirm the existence of a new planet about 100 light-years away that could be capable of supporting life.

The newly confirmed planet, TOI-700e, is the third TOI-700 discovered in the solar system by Joey Rodriguez, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and a team of researchers working with the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, an astronaut. – A telescope that monitors millions of stars and searches for planets that pass in front of the stars.

The team announced the discovery Tuesday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle. In 2020, Rodriguez and his team confirmed for the first time the existence of the TOI-700 solar system and at that time they confirmed the existence of three planets – TOI-700b, TOI-700c and TOI-700d. But Rodriguez said there is some evidence that a fourth planet might exist.

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