Planet orbiting nearest sun-like star could be habitable

12/19/2012 | Popular Science

Astronomers believe that Tau Ceti, the nearest sun-like star that's 12 light-years away, could have a rocky planet orbiting it within the "goldilocks zone," meaning the planet is just the right distance from the star to allow water to exist on its surface. That planet and four possible others orbiting Tau Ceti need to be studied further before confirmation, but data gathered by three devices suggest the rocky planet likely exists.

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