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Looking for Extraterrestrial Life in all the Right Places
December 13, 2008
Scientists are expanding the search for extraterrestrial life--and they've set their sights on some very unearthly planets. Cold 'super-Earths'--giant "snowball" planets that astronomers have spied on the outskirts of faraway solar systems--could potentially support some kind of life, they have found. Such planets are plentiful; experts estimate that one-third of all solar systems contain super-Earths.
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