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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three "super-Earths" orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well.
They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common.
"Does every single star harbor planets and, if yes, how many?" asked Michel Mayor of Switzerland's Geneva Observatory. "We may not yet know the answer but we are making huge progress towards it," Mayor said in a statement.
The trio of planets orbit a star slightly less massive than our Sun, 42 light-years away towards the southern Doradus and Pictor constellations. A light-year is the distance light can travel in one year at a speed of 186,000 miles a second, or about 6 trillion miles.
The planets are bigger than Earth -- one is 4.2 times the mass, one is 6.7 times and the third is 9.4 times.
They orbit their star at extremely rapid speeds -- one whizzing around in just four days, compared with Earth's 365 days, one taking 10 days and the slowest taking 20 days.
Originally posted by BlackOps719
Science will eventually leave little doubt as to wheather we are all alone on the universe or not. To me info like this would make it preposterous for anyone to assume that there is no life out in that vast, endless pool of star systems and galaxies.
To assume that we are the only life sustaining planet in existence would be the height of arrogance.
Originally posted by malganis
reply to post by Badge01
well even finding one planet that has life for now, no matter how small, it would answer the question we've been asking for years: is there life out there?
Originally posted by Badge01
Please explain how finding only one planet in a distant galaxy that has microscopic life impacts us in any way (given that we could even do this). If anything, it tends to prove that life is scarce.