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gravetti
05-02-2016, 07:13 PM
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160502111427.htm

Astronomers using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory have discovered three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star.

gravetti
11-29-2016, 02:38 PM
Timing the shadow of a potentially habitable extrasolar planet paves the way to search for alien Life
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161128084513.htm

Scientists have observed the transit of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet known as K2-3d. A transit is a phenomenon in which a planet passes in front of its parent star, blocking a small amount of light from the star, like a shadow of the planet. While transits have previously been observed for thousands of other extrasolar planets, K2-3d is important because there is a possibility that it might harbor extraterrestrial life.