A planet that has great potentials for supporting life has been spotted! A group of international experts found a further 54 worlds, meaning that in all the researchers might have discovered a full 114 planets.
These 60 newly discovered planets may be close to our own, which means now there's a greater chance to find a habitable world light years away. The studies were part of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey, which was started in 1996 by astronomers Steve Vogt and Geoffrey Marcy from the University of California and Paul Butler, from the Carnegie Institute of Science, in Washington.
An artist's impression shows what exoplanet HD 219134b could look like NASA/JPL-Caltech (c) independent.co.uk
According to the scientists, one of the planets seems like a hot "super-Earth" that has a rocky surface and is found in the fourth nearest star system to our own. The researchers named the planet, Gliese 411-b.
The paper that will be published in the Astrophysical Journal suggests, all the stars near our own sun may have planets orbiting them. If this is true, one of them could be similar to Earth, which have the conditions for supporting alien life.
US astronomers made the observations using the Keck-I telescope in Hawaii, which results are based on almost 61,000 individual observations of 1,600 stars taken over a 20-year period.
The only European-based researcher working on the project and led analysis of the data, Dr Tuomi said in a statement
, "it is fascinating to think that when we look at the nearest stars, all of them appear to have planets orbiting them.
"This is something astronomers were not convinced about, even as little as five years ago.
"These new planets also help us better understand the formation processes of planetary systems and provide interesting targets for future efforts to image the planets directly."
Dr Butler said, "This paper and data release is one of my crowning achievements as an astronomer. It represents a good chunk of my life's work."