Distant world could support life

Extrasolar planet has right conditions to be habitable

By Laura Sanders, 19:33 PM September 29, 2010

Scientists have spotted an Earth doppelgänger that may have the right specs to harbor life, in the Libra constellation just 20 light-years distant.

Although details about conditions on the planet’s surface remain a mystery, the find suggests that many more potentially habitable planets are likely to be found. The discovery is reported online September 29 at arXiv.org and will be described in an upcoming Astrophysical Journal.

Finding the planet so nearby and so soon after beginning the hunt f...

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