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Old 02-03-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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While the Kepler mission turns up its ever-growing crop of exoplanets, a group of astronomers has announced an exciting find closer to home: looking towards Scorpius, there’s a super-Earth-sized planet just 22 light-years distant, with a habitable-zone orbit.

Planets with the right orbit offer the best chance of harbouring water and therefore life: they’re not so distant that the water freezes, and not so close that it boils away into space.

Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet ? The Register
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