Sunday, May 13, 2012

New super-Earth detected, 'best candidate' for supporting life


A new potentially life-bearing "super-Earth has been discovered orbiting a relatively nearby star. Described as the "best candidate" for supporting life. The planet is believed to be about 4.5 times the size of earth. With a 28.15 day cycle, it is calculated to receive 90 percent as much light as Earth, and much of that is infrared--crucially hinting at similar temperatures and favorable conditions. Not enough is known about the atmosphere right now to fully nail the water prospects, but its still our best hope of discovering life as we know it yet.


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