Scientists have reported a nearby star, known as Gliese 667C, having at least six planets in its orbit with three planets at the proper distance, i.e. “habitable zone”, so that they may have water on them.
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Those three planets in the habitable zone are found to be bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.
“This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system,” astronomer Paul Butler, with the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.
“Instead of looking at 10 stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and have a high chance of finding several of them,” astronomer Rory Barnes, with the University of Washington, said in a statement.
It has also been suggested that there could be seven instead of six planets around Gliese 667C. This star is located 22 light years (129 trillion miles/207 trillion km) away from us. It is about one-third the size of the sun and is found to be the faintest star of a triple star system.
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