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|The discovery lends hope to the search for alien life by showing planets can form in a wide range of conditions. For the first time, astronomers have discovered alien planets orbiting sun-like stars located in a crowded star cluster, scientists announced today. The two newfound worlds are Jupiter-like behemoths far too hot to be habitable. But their existence may hearten those searching for life beyond Earth by helping to show that planets can form in a wide range of environments, such as dense clusters, researchers said. 'We are detecting more and more planets that can thrive in diverse and extreme environments like these nearby clusters.' 'Searches for planets around nearby stars suggest that these metals act like a 'planet fertilizer,' leading to an abundant crop of gas giant planets,' White said. 'Our results suggest this may be true in clusters as well.'|
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