The search for life on exoplanets may have just got a huge shot in the arm, as scientists have found a solar system that has three planets in the habitable zone. And unlike previous exoplanets that were discovered with Kepler, this system is very close to us; only about 22 light years away. Space.com has the announcement:
An international team of scientists found a record-breaking three potentially habitable planets around the star Gliese 667C, a star 22 light-years from Earth that is orbited by at least six planets, and possibly as many as seven, researchers said. The three planet contenders for alien life are in the star’s “habitable zone” — the temperature region around the star where liquid water could exist. Gliese 667C is part of a three-star system, so the planets could see three suns in their daytime skies.
You can check out the site for more artist’s images of what the system may look like.