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December 06, 2011

Texas Astronomers New Discovery

NASA has announced for the first time ever the discovery of a planet located in the "habitable zone" around a star. This means a "just-right" orbit that's not too hot or too cold for water to exist in liquid form. This makes life as we know it here possible. Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory involved in this and other Kepler research will present their findings at a conference this week. Kepler is a space telescope launched in 2009 that looks for minute dips in the light from a star that might indicate a planet is passing in front of the star. This specific event is called a "transit. To date, 400 candidate stars have been vetted by these astronomers — including the “star” of this week’s announcement, Kepler-22

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/12/06/nasa_astronomers_goldilocks/

Posted by zachrk at December 6, 2011 08:58 PM

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This is very cool that there could be other life and very fascinating. I wonder what other habitable planets will be found in the future

Posted by: dhurvitz at December 6, 2011 10:22 PM

I wonder how far away it is from Earth. it could be a feasible option for human colonization in the future (the very very distant future). Unless of course it has been inhabited by its native form of life.

But of course there should be other discoveries in the near future that also find other habitable planets.

Posted by: davidnug at December 6, 2011 10:58 PM

This is an amazing discovery. I wonder if life exists on this planet. Is this just the first of many further discoveries to come? The fact that this planet is not too hot or too cold for water to form is interesting by itself. Water is essential for life to exist on this planet. I wonder if we will be able to send space missions to the planet in order to further explore its atmosphere and surface.

Posted by: abrod at December 9, 2011 01:39 PM

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