Thursday, November 8, 2012

Life Abode?

A dwarf star 44 light years away has a system of six planets.  The outermost of the six orbits squarely within the star's habitable zone.  That makes it an early candidate for possibly being a home of life.

Better yet, it is a Super-Earth about seven times as massive as our world.  We, therefore, wouldn't be very comfortable there in all likelihood, but it's probably a rocky world, and liquid water could exist on its surface-- a big plus for possible life.

The next generation space telescopes should be able to image the planet directly in a few years.  That picture could possibly be a turning point in human history.

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