NASA: 7 new planets orbiting nearby star could support life

Posted at 1:30 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 15:36:23-05

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, NASA announced at news conference Wednesday.

This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life.