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Researchers Eye Exoplanet as Possibly Habitable

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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.

A team of researchers at San Francisco State University have been studying Wolf 1061c, searching for signs that it could be habitable. Even though they’ve yet to find such proof, they are encouraged by the fact that the exoplanet is located in the habitable zone.

Wolf 1061c was actually discovered in 2015, but scientists didn’t realize it was in the habitable zone until recently. To be habitable, the researchers said, a planet must be close to its parent star, but not too close. The team cites the example of Venus, which harbored water but because of its proximity to the sun, the water vaporized, making the planet uninhabitable. The team will be publishing its finding in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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