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iandhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:58 PM
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28. Kepler 22-b: Earth-like planet confirmed
Source: BBC

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the "habitable zone" around a star not unlike our own.

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.

During the conference at which the result was announced, the Kepler team said that it had spotted some 1,094 new candidate planets.


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