First Potentially Habitable Earth-like Planet Discovered

On this newly discovered planet outside our Solar System conditions such as oceans may be possible, and thus life. Astronomer’s say it is in a Goldilocks orbit – just right – for liquid water to exist, and thus the possibility of life as we know it. Jill Tartar, of the SETI Institute and a previous speaker at SciTech, says we may be at the start of a ‘cosmic real estate boom.’ What are your thoughts? Does  ‘Star Wars’ actually portray more reality than fantasy? 

newplanetx2.jpeTo the left is an artist’s impression of the system of three planets surrounding the red dwarf Gliese 581. One of them is the first rocky planet lying in the habitable zone to have been discovered.

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