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Potentially habitable planet discovered

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Astronomers have discovered that the closest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, is orbited by five planets, one of which is in the “habitable range”. If its existence is confirmed, the planet could be the closest potentially life-harboring world to our own. Tau Ceti, twelve light years away, belongs to the same G-type yellow main-sequence class as our sun, which is relatively ... Read More »

Record nine-planet star system discovered?

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A star about 127 light-years from Earth may have even more planets than the sun, which would make the planetary system the most populated yet found. According to a new study, HD 10180—a sunlike star in the southern constellation Hydrus—may have as many as nine orbiting planets, besting the eight official planets in our solar system. The star first made headlines in 2010 with the announcement ... Read More »