Another Habitable Planet Spotted by Telescopes

Trending News Channel
Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
Dec. 19 2012 2:46 PM

Another Habitable Planet Spotted by Telescopes

Attention, earthlings: Scientists have found yet another planetary system we might be able to inhabit.

An international team of astronomers has uncovered five exo-planets that range from two to six times the size of the Earth and orbit a sun-like star called Tau Ceti. The discovery was the result of nearly 6,000 observations from telescopes located in Hawaii, Chile, and Australia.

Advertisement

Located 12 light years away, the system is visible in the evening sky and is in the "habitable zone"—meaning it could have liquid water to sustain life.

But of course, even if we could live there, we still have no way to get there.

  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Oct. 31 2014 1:29 PM You, The Gabfest, and a Hotel Room Win tickets to attend a taping of the Political Gabfest, live from David’s Chicago hotel room.