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Old 12-07-2011, 12:13 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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Old 12-07-2011, 12:23 PM
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Kepler-22b planet just like Earth discovered - YouTube
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:34 PM
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yeah, I saw it on the news - nice! 600 light years, eh? a bit farther away than Pandora...
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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.
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This was the first article on it I saw. Obviously, it was extremely misleading
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And 600ly is a bit of a long trek.
Not at warp 9.


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Not at warp 9.


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4 months is still quite substantial.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:22 PM
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Fine. Warp 9.9

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

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