New planet is nearest one to our Solar System


European astronomers have discovered a planet with a similar mass to Earth in the nearest solar system to us.

It is located in the Alpha Centauri system, which is 4.4 light years away and scientists say it is a major step towards finding a "twin Earth".

BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Warburton spoke to Xavier Dumusque who is on the Exoplanet Team that made the discovery.

To listen to other 5 live stories, please visit the Best Bits page.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.