Astronomers discover 3 new planets within habitable zones

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  1. TheBigPayback

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    Astronomers discovered a solar system packed with planets three of which are habitable -- meaning in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life.

    The Gliese 667C star is orbited between five and seven planets and is part of a triple star system known as Gliese 667.

    "We identified three strong signals in the star before, but it was possible that smaller planets were hidden in the data," said Guillem Anglada-Escudé of the University of Göttingen in Germany, who led the study. "We reexamined the existing data, added some new observations, and applied two different data analysis methods especially designed to deal with multi-planet signal detection."

    "Both methods yielded the same answer: There are five very secure signals and up to seven low-mass planets in short-period orbits around the star."

    The Gliese 667C solar system is strikingly similar to ours and the three planets identified as habitable are confirmed to be super-Earths: planets that have more mass than Earth but less mass than larger planets like Uranus and Neptune.

    The star is just 22 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This is quite close to our solar system, astronomers said -- within the Sun’s neighborhood, so to speak --and much closer than the star systems investigated using telescopes such as the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

    "This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system," astronomer Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institute for Science who participated in the study said.

    Similar systems have been found before and are very common in the Milky Way, however, most of these systems are built around Sun-like stars and are too hot to be habitable.

    The Gliese 667C system is the first example of a system that contains multiple habitable planets surrounding a low-mass star.

    The discovery of more systems like Gliese 667C could mean that the amount of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy are more numerous than believed



    the interesting thing to find out is wether any life can be found on any of them.
    if not it will say a lot for earth and the idea of life anywhere else in the universe
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  2. Sir Bustalot

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    do you think theyre christian and study the bible?

    or are they heathens?
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  3. J Keeper

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    God was kinder to them than to us.

    He realized that if being aware of Christianity, but not believing in it is a sin punishable by an eternity of torture, he simply made sure they were never aware of it to begin with.

    Everyone goes to heaven. Problem solved.
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  4. TheBigPayback

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    Well wed have to find life first, then find intelligent life, and in the case that we did
    It would follow theyd fall under "every"
    As in "every knee shall bow"
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  5. reggie jax

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    what if they don't have knees
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