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Scientists find three new planets where life could have evolved

Scientists have discovered at least three new planets in our galaxy that could have allowed life to evolve.

The Earth-sized worlds lie in the "Goldilocks zone" of their sun, where temperatures are not too hot or cold, and are thought to be capable of having oceans of water.

They are in a group of at least seven planets orbiting a dwarf star called Trappist-1, in a newly discovered solar system 39 light years from us. A light year is the distance light travels in a year.

Researchers believe no other known star system contains such a large number of Earth-sized and probably rocky planets.

Trappist-1 lies in the Aquarius constellation and has just under a tenth of the mass of our Sun.

The research, led by NASA and its orbiting Spitzer telescope, was supported by, among others, a robotic telescope operated by Liverpool John Moores University (JMU).

The telescope, which is located in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, helped detect the planets as they passed in front of their star.

http://news.sky.com/story/scientists-find-three-new-planets-where-life-could-have-evolved-10777513


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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Considering the amount of money spent on research, even if a habitable planet is found how long would it take to settle it and transport people there.  If the funds were thrown into cleaning up our planet, developing non depleting power resources and ensuring best health and education for all, the world we have would be a better place.

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It's important to note that:

    - the above three "planets" are simply sketches by an artist, and there's no photographic evidence of their existence

    - the "objects passing in front of a sun" could literally be anything, from just a flicker in a star, to some unknown object or substance

    - the common man, who has no access to these supposed billion-dollar telescopes, cannot verify any of their claims
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