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Old November 10 2012, 04:21 AM   #1
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New Discovery: Super Earth in a Nearby System

As astronomers are gaining confidence in spotting exoplanets, they are looking at old data and seeing if they can spot planets in the date that was not initially discovered. One of these planets may be orbiting HD 40307, a star that is located 44 light years away. This Super Earth planet lies in the habitable zone of its star. The scientists who "discovered" this planet believed it may have the possibility of life and may have a day/night cycle like our Earth. Even if this discovery proves false, I like that scientists are starting to develop methodologies that will permit them to see planets that are much farther out from their stars.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/...,2600859.story

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hd_40307
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