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New planet could support life, astronomers say

European astronomers have found a planet that may be habitable, though only just. The planet, discovered by special planet-hunting instruments in Chile, is thought to be humid and to experience temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius.

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AP - Astronomers believe they have found a second planet outside our solar system that seems to be in the right zone for life - but just barely.

Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute in Germany says it would not be pleasant to live there. It would be humid and reach temperatures of about 120 degrees (50 Celsius).

European astronomers announced the discovery at a conference in the U.S.

The planet was found by the European Southern Observatory's special planet-hunting instruments in Chile. A previous discovery of a planet confirmed to be in the so-called habitable zone was made in 2007.

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