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A planet with conditions that could support life orbits a twin neighbour of the sun visible to the naked eye, scientists have revealed.The world is one of five thought to be circling Tau Ceti, a star just 12 light years away that is almost identical to the sun.
This discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy must have many such potentially habitable Earth-sized planets. They are everywhere, even right next door
As we stare at the night sky, it is worth contemplating that there may well be more planets out there than there are stars, some fraction of which may well be habitable