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Monday, January 14, 2013

Amateur astronomers find 42 new planets - including a Jupiter-sized world that could hold life

A team of amateur astronomers from around the world has discovered evidence for 42 alien planets, including a Jupiter-size world that could potentially be habitable, it was revealed today.

The team, organised online via the planethunters website, analysed data from Nasa's Kepler Space telescope.

Moons like the one depicted in the film Avatar may be among the most common places to find alien life, scientists believe.

Astronomers came to the conclusion after identifying up to 15 new planets orbiting the life-friendly 'habitable zones' of stars.