European astronomers on Monday announced the discovery of 50 new exoplanets (planets outside the solar system), including 16 so-called "super Earths," planets with a mass higher than Earth's but lower than that of our solar system's gas giants. Five of these are rocky, as opposed to gassy.
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One of these planets, 36 light years away, holds the possibility of being watery, thought to be a necessary precondition for life.
"If we are really, really lucky, this planet could be a habitat" for life, said Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, according to The Washington Post.