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Kepler 22-b: Earth-Like Planet Confirmed

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:39:15 -0500
Archived: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:39:15 -0500
Subject: Kepler 22-b: Earth-Like Planet Confirmed

Source: bbc.co.uk


5 December 2011

Kepler 22-b: Earth-Like Planet Confirmed

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 also said that it had spotted some 1,094 new
candidate planets - nearly doubling the telescope's haul of
potential far-flung worlds.

Kepler 22-b was one of 54 exoplanet candidates in habitable
zones reported by the Kepler team in February, and is just the
first to be formally confirmed using other telescopes.

More of these "Earth 2.0" candidates are likely to be confirmed
in the near future, though a redefinition of the habitable
zone's boundaries has brought that number down to 48. Ten of
those are Earth-sized.

'Superb opportunity'...

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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