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Scientists discover earth-like planet

Astronomers have discovered a planet that could support crucial conditions needed for life. They say it could be more Earth-like than any other found outside our solar system.

Reporter: Neil Bowdler

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Gliese 581g is the sixth planet to be found circling a dwarf star some 20 light-years away, in the constellation of Libra. On paper it looks good – three times the mass of the Earth with possibly a rocky surface and enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere.

The researchers also promised shirt-sleeve weather in some regions, but not everywhere. One side of the planet is almost always in sunshine; the other almost always in darkness and estimated temperatures range from minus four degrees Celsius to a very hot 71 degrees. A year meanwhile would go by in just 37 days.

Of course, whether life could really be supported on Gliese 581g will need much more investigation and, most probably, technologies which don't exist yet. But the astronomers say planet hunting is getting easier and they were surprised how quickly they detected the tell-tale signs of this distant body, using ground-based telescopes.

Neil Bowdler, BBC science reporter

dwarf star estrella madre / enana

light-years años luz

constellation constelación

On paper En teoría

mass masa / tamaño / peso

rocky surface superficie rocosa

shirt-sleeve weather clima templado (sin necesidad de usar suéter o abrigo)

hunting búsqueda

detected detectaron / descubrieron

tell-tale signs pistas obvias