Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15415.
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Our knowledge of the universe expanded a bit on Monday when astronomers at the Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea confirmed the discovery of “10 new planets that are near-Earth size and orbiting in their stars ‘Goldilocks Zone’-neither too hot nor too cold-where liquid water could exist.” Two of the planets may be worthy of further study. The current effort is part of the Kepler mission which is looking for “so-called exoplanets in a small swath of the constellation Cygnus.”
According to the Keck Observatory team, “This is a major new division in the family tree of planets, analogous to the discovery that mammals and lizards are distinct branches in the tree of life.”
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