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"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.
Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the
area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have
The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone
planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of
these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it –
under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest
with the three in the habitable zone.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding
habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas
Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission
Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a
top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the
first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward