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Life Supporting planet Found orbiting Star near Earth

Dec 20, 2012 19:13 IST

Scientist in the month of December revealed a planet that could support life, orbits a Sun-like star near the Earth.

There are five planets found to be circling Tau Ceti - a star just 12 light years away - which is almost identical to the sun, a journal set to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics says.

Out of the five planet found, one of the planet which is five times the mass of earth support life and lies in the "habitable" zone where liquid water and life could potentially exist.

As per the Astronomer’s estimate the Tau Ceti planets is two to six times bigger than Earth.

Most planets detected in the Universe so far had high masses due to the difficulties in finding extra-solar planets.

The Tau Ceti planetary family is thought to be the lowest mass solar system yet detected. More than 800 planets have been discovered so far orbiting stars beyond the sun since the 1990s.

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