By Evan Ackerman, Dvice.com
So much for a galaxy “far far away.” Astronomers have made some detailed measurements of a planet in a binary star system some 40 light years from here, and it looks like it just might be habitable, with one red sun and one orange sun. Sounds familiar.
55 Cancri F has just been added to the (very, very short) list of potentially habitable planets orbiting other stars. In this case, it’s orbiting a pair of stars in a binary system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, and spends 74% of its time in that sexy habitable zone where liquid water can exist, and scientists suggest that a modest greenhouse effect might allow for stable year-round oceans.
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