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Akoto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 02:06 PM
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Kepler-22b: Earth-like planet confirmed
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Source: BBC

The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C.

It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours - an "Earth 2.0".

However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid.

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Kepler 22-b lies at a distance from its sun about 15% less than the distance from the Earth to the Sun, and its year takes about 290 days. However, its sun puts out about 25% less light, keeping the planet at its balmy temperature that would support the existence of liquid water.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16040655



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