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Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Science |

They find three new potentially habitable planets 22 light years

They find three new potentially habitable planets 22 light years

An international team of astronomers, led by Guillem Anglada-Escudé, University of Göttingen in Germany, say they have identified a certain type of star whose chances for habitable is significantly greater than what was previously believed.

Such stars would be smaller than our sun, so it would require that habitable planets orbiting closer to them because of their low mass, forming clusters that would allow scientists to detect these stars in a much easier since now know how to identify them.

“Instead of looking at 10 stars to see one that could potentially have a habitable planet, we can now look directly at a star and find several of these planets,” said one member of the team of scientists, Rory Barnes.

And no doubt they have tested their hypothesis, as the team discovered four habitable planets around a star where it was believed that only had one or two. This solar system is known as Gliese 667C and is 22 light years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius.

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Links:

A dynamically-packed planetary system around GJ 667C with Three super-Earths in its habitable zone (ESO)

A Nearby Star with Three Potentially Habitable Worlds (Planetary Habitability Laboratory)

Three Potentially Habitable Planets Found Orbiting Gliese 667C (Universe Today)

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