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Don't rule out life on those 'dead stars' just yet

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Planet Hunter Bill Borucki Calls Kepler Discoveries 'Game-Changing'

Scientists announced yesterday (Feb. 2) that NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 1,235 alien planet candidates, including 54 that orbit in their host stars' habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that allow liquid water to exist. Full story

New planet has life-sustaning potential

  Astronomers say they have spotted an Earth-like and potentially habitable planet orbiting in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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The habitable zone (HZ) around a red (dM), orange (dK) and yellow (dG) dwarf star. The dotted pink circle is orbit which would have our Earth's temperature. Credit: Living with a Red Dwarf program.
The habitable zone (HZ) around a red (dM), orange (dK) and yellow (dG) dwarf star. The dotted pink circle is orbit which would have our Earth's temperature. Credit: Living with a Red Dwarf program.

The habitable zone around a red , orange and yellow dwarf star. The dotted pink circle is orbit which would have our Earth's temperature. Credit: Living with a Red Dwarf program.

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