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Odds of Life on Newfound Earth-Size Planet '100 Percent,' Astronomer Says

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An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold — comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced today (Sept. 29).

If confirmed, the exoplanet, named Gliese 581g,  would be the first Earth-like world found residing in a star's habitable zone — a region where a planet's temperature could sustain liquid water on its surface.

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Comment by Ed Price
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If there's intelligent life out there, and if they know all about earth and its inhabitants, they are probably wondering if there is any intelligent life on earth.

One hundred percent odds, until proven fact, is still completely (i.e. 100 percent) odds.


Comment by Powell Gammill
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/science/space/30planet.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/29/AR2010092907492.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=11759961

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/potentially-habitable-planet-near-earth/

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68S5XB20100929


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