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December 11, 2011

Kepler's Discoveries-Including an Earth-Like Planet

A planet which is said to have a high probability of being "Earth's Twin" was found through the Kepler search for other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. It has approximately the same amount of days in a year (290 instead of 365) and is at approximately the same distance from its home star as Earth. Kepler's design for locating planets is clearly honing in on possible habitable planets, which means it is achieving what it was designed to do. It is estimated that there are nearly 3 trillion planets in our galaxy alone. Think of how many "Earths" there are in the entire universe.
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19475891

Posted by mwalkows at December 11, 2011 11:20 PM

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I hope within out lifetime our technology becomes advanced enough to learn more specifics about planets like this.

Posted by: annaeb at December 12, 2011 12:49 PM

I think it's interesting that this planet is so similar to earth. Also, since there are almost 3 trillion planets in our solar system, there must be many other planets that are similar to earth in their size, orbital period and distance from their sun. It's also crazy how they are able to detect these planets froms so far away.

Posted by: mrkapila at December 12, 2011 08:03 PM

It would be really cool if we were somehow able to physically reach this planet...it would be crazy.

Posted by: duymo at December 12, 2011 09:10 PM

I guess Kepler-22b is our best shot? If life does exist on Kepler-22b, I wonder, what kind of life and civilization there might be. I mean they could be far behind our levels of civilization

Posted by: jungky at December 13, 2011 01:54 AM

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