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Since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, the world of space has been constantly abuzz over the possibility of a ninth planet in our Solar System. While trying to disprove the existence of a ninth planet in 2016, scientists actually realized they might have discovered one quite a distance from Pluto. There have been other instances of possible ninth-planet sightings, although none have been confirmed to date.

The most recent possibility exists in the Kuiper belt, a ring-shaped accumulation of matter within our Solar System. Researchers at the University of Arizona have spotted mysterious movement within the belt that they believe could point to a previously-undiscovered planet.

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Mankind is always on the lookout for habitable planets, with Mars being the one hope in this solar system. However, a new study finds that we might not have to rely on the status quo. In fact, scientists believe volcanoes could turn a previously uninhabitable planet into one that could sustain life.

The science behind the study relies on the heat a volcano could bring to a frozen planet. The ice that forms on planets without a nearby star as a heat source has always made it unlivable. But one volcano could melt some of that ice, leading to an environment that could sustain life.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00

Researchers Eye Exoplanet as Possibly Habitable

For life to exist on other planets, certain conditions must be present. So when a new planet is discovered that meets at least some of those conditions, the scientific community gets excited. A newly-discovered exoplanet called Wolf 1061c has ignited that type of excitement due to its location.

Wolf 1061c is firmly situated in an area known as the “Goldilocks zone,” a term that refers to an area around a star that has the right conditions to host water. The exoplanet is located approximately 14 light years away from Earth.

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