Amateur astronomers discover 42 alien planets

Posted on: 8:48 pm, January 12, 2013, by , updated on: 08:54pm, January 12, 2013

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A team of amateur astronomers have discovered 42 alien planets including a Jupiter-size world that could potentially be habitable by humans.

Yahoo! News reports that 40 volunteers with the crowd-sourcing Planet Hunters project discovered the new planet candidates.

The alien planets include 15 potentially habitable worlds and PH2 b, a Jupiter-size planet that the team confirmed to be in the habitable zone of its parent star.

Yahoo! reported that this is the second time Planet Hunters project has confirmed a new exoplanet discovery. The planet candidates are awaiting confirmation by professional astronomers.

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