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    Livable Planet Possibly Discovered

    See you in 12 light-years. International astronomers said on Tuesday that they had found a possibly habitable planet just 12 light-years from Earth. Astronomers said that the nearby star, Tau Ceti, has five planets circling it, and one of those planets is in the “habitable zone” where water can exist on its surface. “This discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy must have many potentially habitable planets," said Steven Vogt, the U.C. Santa Cruz astronomer on the international team. The telescopes used to observe the planets are located in Hawaii, Chile, and Australia.

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