A chart showing how KOI-456.04 is near the middle of its habitable zone, as is the Earth.
KOI-456.04 orbits its parent star at a distance nearly in the middle of the system’s habitable zone, where liquid water is more likely to pool on its surface. Image credit: MPS / René Heller

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