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NASA’s Kepler program discovers the most Earth-like planet yet

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Apr
2014

The search for planets that closely resemble Earth has yielded perhaps the closest match yet — according to a new report from NASA, the newly-discovered Kepler 186f planet (seen above in an artists concept) is nearly identical to our planet in some key ways. The planet is one of the closest in size to Earth that has been discovered, and it is also the right distance from its sun to be in the habitable zone — a distance that makes it possible for liquid water to pool on the surface of the planet. While other Earth-like planets have been found, theyve either been too hot or significantly larger than our planet — but Kepler 186f is only 10 percent bigger than Earth. And its 130-day orbit around its M dwarf sun (a star significantly smaller than our G Dwarf sun) suggests that itll be in the right range to potentially support liquid water.

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