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After re-evaluating information collected back in February, scientists reportedly confirmed on Friday that they had indeed discovered a planet outside of our solar system that is capable of supporting life.
While scientists believe conditions suitable for life might exist on the so-called "super-Earth" in the Gliese 581 system, it's unlikely to be transferred to other planets within that solar system.
Scientists said on Monday that a rocky planet outside our solar system is the first to meet key requirements for sustaining life.
Weird orbits of neighbors can make 'habitable' planets not so habitable.
Recent discoveries by astronomers have brought the official number of planets outside of our solar system to over 400.
MESSAGES to a planet which closely resembles Earth were yesterday beamed into space. Some 501 - from Sir Patrick Moore, McFly and TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith among others - will take more than 20 years to reach Gliese 581c.
More than 500 images, text messages and drawings were transmitted to a planet 20 light years away from Earth on Thursday by a massive radar telescope in the Ukraine that normally tracks asteroids.
SOCIAL networking website Bebo are offering members the chance to send a message to ET in a "digital time capsule". They've teamed up with Russian space radio expert Dr Alexander Zaitsev for the Message From Earth project.
Scientists like Seth Shostack not only believe that other intelligent life forms exist on other planets, but that their civilizations have advanced enough through evolution that they would be able to transmit radio messages.
"Boring" light from red dwarf star Gliese 581 means better odds for extraterrestrial life in that planetary system, according to University of British Columbia astronomer Jaymie Matthews.