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Old 12-07-2011, 01:13 PM
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Default Kepler 22b, a new Earth?

NASA has confirmed the existence of a possible Earth-like planet 600 light years away. It is twice the size of the Earth and located in its suns habitable zone.

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NASA's Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface.
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While the planet is larger than Earth, its orbit of 290 days around a sun-like star resembles that of our world. The planet's host star belongs to the same class as our sun, called G-type, although it is slightly smaller and cooler.
NASA - NASA's Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star


This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star

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