‘Super Earth’ may have possibility of human life, claim scientists

Friday, July 20, 2012
Washington: Astronomers claimed to have discovered a planet that is twice the size of earth and may have possibility of human life.

The study conducted by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have revealed the facts that the planet is twice the size of Earth. It is known as a "super Earth" due to its ability to hold on to its gassy atmosphere, which increases its chances of retaining liquid.

Reportedly, the planet is 22 light years away, previously thought to be 20 light years, and is formally known as Gliese 581g.

The scientist from the University of California reportedly has said that the planet has "churchly weather".

Notably, according to report the astronomers are still left with the fact to determine what the surface of planet is like.

The planet exists in a band of perpetual twilight near its orbiting star known as the "Goldilocks zone" - an area near earth that isn't too hot, or cold but is just right for sustaining life.
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