Potentially Habitable Earth-Like Planet Discovered Very Nearby
An international team of astronomers have made an exciting discovery. They have just found that Tau Ceti, the closest single star like our Sun, has planets just like our solar system and one of the planets orbits in the habitable zone around the star.
Tau Ceti is pretty close to earth being just 12 light-years away, which isn't far in cosmic terms. It is close enough to see with the naked eye at night.
The Earth-like planet is found in the solar system's circumstellar zone in which life could theoretically develop.
The astronomers used more than six thousand observations and three different instruments in order to gather the results.
This is a very important discovery as it shows that nearly every star has planets. Steve Vogt, a Santa Cruz professor of astronomy and astrophysicist and one of the authors of the study that is to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, said:
"This discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy must have many such potentially habitable Earth-sized planets."