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Posted: Feb 2 2012, 05:17 PM

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Newfound Alien Planet is Best Candidate Yet to Support Life, Scientists Say
"It's the Holy Grail of exoplanet research to find a planet around a star orbiting at the right distance so it's not too close where it would lose all its water and boil away, and not too far where it would all freeze," Steven Vogt, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told "It's right smack in the habitable zone there's no question or discussion about it. It's not on the edge, it's right in there."
"Statistics tell us we shouldn't have found something this quickly this soon unless there's a lot of them out there," Vogt said. "This tells us there must be an awful lot of these planets out there. It was almost too easy to find, and it happened too quickly."

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