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Three new habitable planets discovered

Posted on Thursday, 27 June, 2013 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Astronomers have identified a distant star system with at least three planets in its habitable zone.

The star Gliese 667C is believed to be host to up to six planets, three of which falling within the 'Goldilocks' zone in which liquid water can exist. The planets are much larger than the Earth but not as large as Neptune. The unique find of a solar system with three such worlds has the potential to make the hunt for a planet with alien life on it less difficult.

"This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system," said astronomer Paul Butler. Furthermore, the star system is located just 22 light years away which makes it relatively close by compared to most extrasolar planet finds.

"Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found to be hosting three planets, one of which was located in its so-called "habitable zone" where temperatures could support liquid surface water."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Taun on 25 June, 2013, 18:59
Wow... That star must be tiny (or very 'cool')... I wonder what it would look like to a native, to orbit that close to a star, even a dim one...
Comment icon #3 Posted by .AKUMA. on 27 June, 2013, 16:08
Wow can you imagine the view of the sky if you were to stand on one of those planets, something out of a sci fi movie
Comment icon #4 Posted by calaf on 27 June, 2013, 21:52
Send me a postcard.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paranomali on 28 June, 2013, 1:00
These new discoveries are so exciting, I just wish there was some way to get there and have a better look
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 28 June, 2013, 3:41
I bet there are humans on that planet saying the same about earth lol.
Comment icon #7 Posted by sam_comm on 28 June, 2013, 4:21
Very interesting and that is relatively close to Earth. How can we not think there is no life around us? Now he if we could send some probs there...
Comment icon #8 Posted by newbloodmoon on 2 July, 2013, 4:34
All very cool.
Comment icon #9 Posted by patagonianhorsesnake on 2 July, 2013, 5:31
utterly astonishing. i still dream that one say we might find actual proof of life on one of these planets. yes, i know that it's practically an impossibilty. it's just a dream, is all.
Comment icon #10 Posted by venom012 on 4 July, 2013, 1:09
how are we are not the only ones.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 July, 2013, 1:19
Well someone had to be first. Since we simply do not know yet how common (or rare) life is yet your question is unanswerable. As we will only know how common life is when (or if) we discover it on other planets your question will remain unanswerable right up until the point when it becomes irrelevant.

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