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Newly Discovered Planet Is In Habitable Zone

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — Researchers have spotted a new planet that they said may be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, and could be potentially habitable.

A decade-long hunt by a team that included a University of California-Santa Cruz astronomer has ended with the discovery of a planet 20 light years away.

Gliese 581-G has been nicknamed The Goldilocks Planet because it is just far enough from the sun not to be too hot and just close enough that it is not too cold to possibly sustain life.

"Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet," UC-Santa Cruz professor Steve Vogt said. "The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common."

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