Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BREAKING: Newly found super-sized Earth may be close enough to detect signs of life

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  Scientists have found a planet the size of a jumbo Earth circling a nearby star, meaning it is one of the handful of worlds where astronomers' sensors might be powerful enough to detect signs of life, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The new planet, known as LHS 1140b, receives enough starlight to allow for liquid water, a prerequisite for life on Earth. It lies 39 light years from our solar system - not exactly in the backyard, but close enough that telescopes now under construction may be able to spot oxygen molecules swarming around it.

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