So this story omits one very interesting detail.

super_earth

This planet is stated as having a radius 2.6 times that of earth and a mass 7 times that of earth.

What do you suppose the gravity on the surface of such a planet would be?

Three times that of earth?
Ten times?

Would you believe that the gravity on such a planet would actually be 104% of earth’s gravity? In other words it would be within 5% of the force of gravity on earth? Such a difference would be barely noticeable. Meaning the surface of this planet is a place you could walk, run and play normally. Assuming it had land to do so. The surface area of the planet would be almost seven times as large. Meaning if this discovery is true, we’ve just found a planet we could walk on that is as big as seven earths.

That’s pretty big news I would think.