Scientists from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago have doubled the number of Earth-sized planets that could potentially be found within the habitable zone (also known as the "Goldilocks Zone" for being "just right" in astronomical distance to support life) of Red Dwarf stars. They based their findings on data taken from the Kepler Telescope, which operates as part of the one of NASA's planet hunters, the Kepler spacecraft, and the prediction of scientists that there might be as many as 30 million exoplanets around such stars that could sustain life. The new study's conclusions were reached by taking into account the effect cloud cover might have on alien planets and their ability to sustain life. In short: Cloud cover on alien planets added up to 60 billion planets potentially capable of harboring alien life -- or at least liquid water. The research was published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters in late June. via Examiner.com.
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