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redpaintednavi 12-07-2011 01:13 PM

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

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/6...rk_226-170.jpg
This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star

redpaintednavi 12-07-2011 01:23 PM

Kepler-22b planet just like Earth discovered - YouTube

apache_blanca 12-07-2011 03:34 PM

yeah, I saw it on the news - nice! :D 600 light years, eh? a bit farther away than Pandora... :S

Clarke 12-07-2011 03:40 PM

It should be pointed out that both Mars and Venus are within the Sun's habitable zone. It doesn't automatically mean life, unfortunately.

And 600ly is a bit of a long trek.:'(

Moco Loco 12-07-2011 07:48 PM

This was the first article on it I saw. Obviously, it was extremely misleading :S :P

mikkowilson 12-07-2011 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Clarke (Post 164705)
And 600ly is a bit of a long trek.:'(

Not at warp 9.


- Mikko

Clarke 12-07-2011 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by mikkowilson (Post 164716)
Not at warp 9.


- Mikko

4 months is still quite substantial.

mikkowilson 12-07-2011 09:22 PM

Fine. Warp 9.9

That's like a day. If the ship can take it, captain.

- Mikko

Advent 12-08-2011 06:32 AM

Hmm.. I'd still prefer to stay here. But that's just me.


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