Thursday, December 20, 2012

Potentially Habitable Planet Detected Around Nearby Star

Artist's impression of five possible planets orbiting the star Tau Ceti, which is just 11.9 light-years from Earth.

 

A sun-like star in our solar system's backyard may host five planets, including one perhaps capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.

Astronomers have detected five possible alien planets circling the star Tau Ceti, which is less than 12 light-years from Earth — a mere stone's throw in the cosmic scheme of things. One of the newfound worlds appears to orbit in Tau Ceti's habitable zone, a range of distances from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/25685-nearby-habitable-alien-planet-tau-ceti.html

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