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Scientists take massive leap in the search for habitable planets

Researchers have found a way to tease information about an extrasolar planet’s mass from an underappreciated source: its atmosphere. The approach, described in a paper set to appear Friday in the journal Science, could help speed the pace at which scientists……

Researchers find star system with 3 ‘Super Earths’

Four habitable planets orbiting three tiny suns? New first in planet-hunting. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Three, perhaps even four potentially habitable planets are orbiting a star in a triple-star system some 22 light-years from Earth, a team of astronomers announced Tuesday. It’s the first time researchers have found so…

Study: Milky Way may harbor ‘billions’ of potentially habitable planets

A study published this week suggests that there may be “tens of billions” of planets in the Milky Way galaxy that fall within what scientists call “the Goldilocks zone,” where the conditions for spawning life are thought to exist. Working with a relatively new technology called the HARPS spectrograph, located…

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