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Hot On Trail Of 'Just Right' Far-Off Planet

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 08:02:56 -0500
Archived: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 08:02:56 -0500
Subject: Hot On Trail Of 'Just Right' Far-Off Planet

Source: NYTimes.Com


December 2, 2011

Hot On Trail Of 'Just Right' Far-Off Planet
By Dennis Overbye

At least four times in the last few years, astronomers have
announced they have found planets orbiting other stars in the
sweet spot known as the habitable zone - not too hot, not too
cold - where water and thus perhaps life are possible. In short,
a so-called Goldilocks planet fit to be inhabited by the
biochemical likes of us.

None of these claims are without controversy, but astronomers
who are making discoveries with NASA's Kepler spacecraft are
meeting next week in California to review the first two years of
their quest, which seems tantalizingly close to hitting pay

"Sooner or later, Kepler will find a lukewarm planet with a size
making it probably Earthlike," said Geoffrey Marcy of the
University of California, Berkeley, who spends his time tracking
down candidates identified by Kepler. "We're no more than a year
away" from such a discovery, he said.

Sara Seager, a planetary astronomer at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, put it this way: "We are on the verge
of being those people who will be remembered."

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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