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Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:15 PM

 

Astronomers Find Three Potentially Habitable Planets Orbiting Nearby Star

By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A neighbor star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist, a condition believed to be necessary for life, scientists said on Tuesday.

Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found to be hosting three planets, one of which was located in its so-called “habitable zone” where temperatures could support liquid surface water. That planet and two newly found sibling worlds are bigger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune.

“This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system,” astronomer Paul Butler, with the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

Scientists say the discovery of three planets in a star’s habitable zone raises the odds of finding Earth-like worlds where conditions might have been suitable for life to evolve.

“Instead of looking at 10 stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and have a high chance of finding several of them,” astronomer Rory Barnes, with the University of Washington, said in a statement.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/25/astronomers-find-three-potentially-habitable-planets-orbiting-nearby-star/

Anyone have the reservation numbers to these planets? I want off this motherfucking hell hole called 'earth'...

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Purveyor Jun 2013 OP
Pab Sungenis Jun 2013 #1
undeterred Jun 2013 #2
SidDithers Jun 2013 #4
bobduca Jun 2013 #5
BlueJazz Jun 2013 #3

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:24 PM

1. A red sun!

 

KRYPTON!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:26 PM

2. "nearby" is a relative term

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Response to undeterred (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:30 PM

4. Yeah. Only 22.1 light years away...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliese_667

But that's nothing for a ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

Sid

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Response to undeterred (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:54 PM

5. 22 light years is REALLY close

22 LY is nearby,

We are ~27,000±1,000 light-years from the center of the milky way...

so Gliese 667 is 1000 times closer than that!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:27 PM

3. Some great info here >>

 

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