Two Perseid meteors from western NC (Emily Willoughby) Astronomy 

Discovered: Nearby Planets that Could Host Life

MIT researchers found three potentially habitable planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star The study, released today in Nature, located the planets just 40 light years away from Earth. While scientists continue to explore the potential of life on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, the newly-discovered planets represent the most likely so far to host life outside our solar system. The study’s lead author, Julien de Wit, tells us why the discovery was a stroke of luck and how we’ll be able to assess their habitability within the next five to ten years.  …

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