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Published: Jan 12, 2013
42 alien planets found [VIDEO] by amateurs
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42 alien planets found [VIDEO] by amateurs instead of professional astronomers?, Have 42 alien planets been found by amateurs instead of professional astronomers? Supposedly volunteers discovered 15 planets in the habitable zone that could potentially harbor life.

The 40 volunteers who staff the crowdsourcing project Planet Hunters group made their discovery by sorting through data provided by NASA, Space.com reported.

My Fox wrote on Jan. 12 that in addition to the 42 alien exo-planets found, a Jupiter-size world called PH2 b, is the largest planet that could possibly hold some form of life.

The so-called Goldilocks zone (Also referred to as the "habitable zone") around a star refers to the ideal distance between a planet and a star, allowing the planet to feature both a breathable atmosphere and liquid water.

The amateur astronomers discovered PH2 b using NASA's prolific Kepler Space Telescope.

The discovery of several new planets in this zone means that planets capable of supporting life may be much less rare than previously believed.

The University of Oxford's Chris Lintott, has said in a statement: "These are planet candidates that slipped through the net, being missed by professional astronomers and rescued by volunteers in front of their web browsers. It's remarkable to think that absolutely anyone can discover a planet."

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