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Earth-like planets next door? Prospect could point to 9.6 billion more – CSMonitor.com

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Earth-like planets next door? Prospect could point to 9.6 billion more

A new study calculates that the nearest Earth-like planet may be only 13 light-years away – and argues there may be more habitable planets out there than we thought.

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / February 6, 2013

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This artist’s conception provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows a hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported Wednesday.

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http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/0206/Earth-like-planets-next-door-Prospect-could-point-to-9.6-billion-more

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