Astronomers find 60 new planets, including a 'super Earth'

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The team also discovered one of these planets which seem to be a rocky "super Earth", Gliese 411b which is located in the fourth-nearest star system to the Sun is boosting the chances of finding support life because it is warm.

The global team of scientists revealed that all of the nearby stars that they analysed had at least one planet orbiting them.

Astronomers have discovered a "super-earth" near our solar system among more than 100 new planets. In spite of the label "super-Earth", Dr. Mikko Tuomi told Fox News that Gliese 411b is excessively hot Earth and it is impossible for life to exist on its surface. These new discoveries will further help us characterise the population of planets in the immediate Solar neighbourhood'.

Also, in detecting a distant planet's habitability, NASA has developed a new model.

Gliese 411 and Gliese 411b are located 8 light years from earth.

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The significance of its discovery demonstrates that virtually all the nearest stars to the sun have planets orbiting them. "HIRES was not specifically optimised to do this type of exo-planet detective work, but has turned out to be a workhorse instrument of the field", a report in ET quoted Steve Vogt of the University of California Santa Cruz in the United States, who built the instrument.

"In essence, we are now building an observational roadmap for future giant telescopes that can be used to image some or even most of these newly found worlds", Tuomi added.

The 60 new planets are found orbiting stars that are mostly some 20 to 300 light years away, according to Tuomi. After the research, scientists have found 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars, which is recently made available to the public. It was led by astronomers Steve Vogt, Geoffrey Marcy from the University of California, and Carnegie Institute of Science's Paul Butler at Washington.

The results are based on nearly 61,000 individual observations of 1,600 stars taken over a 20-year period by U.S. astronomers using the Keck-I telescope - one of the world's largest - in Hawaii.

From their Hawaii-based observatory, an global team of astronomers observed 1,600 stars for two decades.

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