Recently Discovered Planet May Hold Life

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Other planets in our universe can be orbiting other stars, be habitable, and the size of Earth, the discovery of Kepler-186f shows, explains nasa.gov.

Astronomers found a planet, around the size of earth, orbiting a star in what is known as the habitable zone. This zone is where a planet is a good distance from a star where liquid water can be on the surface of the planet, reported nasa.gov.

A Belgian team reported a discovery of three planets like Earth, going around a cool dwarf star. This is the first time that anyone found planets to be orbiting a star and it allows new evidence for life to be found other than Earth, according to tribunereporter.com.

The dwarf star is less than 40 light-years away, and  astronomers are able to study the atmosphere for possible signs of life. They observe that the two closest planets could contain places for life to exist. The third, however, may be outside the habitable zone, reported foxnews.com.

“When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth,” explained Elisa Quintana, a research scientist for NASA, according to nasa.gov.