An­other planet found that could sup­port life

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON – As­tronomers have found yet an­other planet that seems to have just the right com­bi­na­tion to sup­port life.

This new big planet is rocky, like Earth. It’s not so hot and not so cold. And it’s not so far away, ei­ther.

Har­vard as­tronomer David Char­bon­neau said what makes this planet so exciting is that it is rocky and reg­u­larly passes in front of its star. That means in the next sev­eral years, new tele­scopes can spy its at­mo­sphere in a tar­geted search for signs of life.

With this new dis­cov­ery, as­tronomers have iden­ti­fied 52 po­ten­tially hab­it­able plan­ets and more than 3,600 plan­ets out­side our so­lar sys­tem. The lat­est dis­cov­ery is de­scribed Wed­nes­day in the jour­nal Na­ture.

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