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Volunteers spot jumbo planet in star's 'habitable zone'

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Candidate planets reported by a volunteer science team include a Jupiter-sized world that orbits at an ocean-friendly distance from its star, raising possibilities of habitable moons. A 'citizen science' volunteer astronomy team reports finding 42 possible planets in our stellar neighborhood, plus a confirmed Jupiter-sized one in the 'habitable zone' of a nearby star. A star's habitable zone is the just-right region of orbits where water will neither freeze nor boil, but remain ocean-friendly as on the Earth. The habitable-zone jumbo planet reported by the The habitable-zone jumbo planet reported by the 'Planet Hunters' team led by Yale's Ji Wang, is too massive to be Earth-like, but moons of the distant world might harbor seas.'Now, the hunt is not just targeting any old exoplanet (planets outside our solar system) -- volunteers are homing in on habitable worlds.'

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