Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Newly Found World May Have Water

I stopped by Space.com earlier tonight and I just wanted to pass along this news link: New Planet Could Harbor Water and Life.

The story concedes that neither water nor life has yet been detected on the newly discovered world, but that it does orbit around its parent star in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" - the distance from a star that is both not too far and not too close to support liquid water. The planet is 50% larger than the Earth and five times as massive. The parent star, a red dwarf, is much dimmer than the Sun and only about one third as massive. The system is approximately 20 light years away from us.

I love this stuff!


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