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December 05, 2011

Potentially Earth-Like Planet Has Right Temperature for Life

Scientist have found a planet 600 light years away named Kepler-22b or its nickname the Christmas planet because it was found so near the holiday. I resides in the habitable zone of a star just a little smaller and cooler than our own sun. It was found by using the Kelper telescope which is an orbiting telescope. They saw something that blocked a small fraction light from the star.Nothing is known about the composition of the planet but because it resides in the habitable zone there is much hope that it will have liquid water and be rocky just like Earth so it could possibly harbor life.

Posted by jsatonik at December 5, 2011 04:27 PM


I just saw this article on Yahoo news! It's so interesting and exciting. The only problem is that scientists think that it could be more like a "gas-and-liquid-Neptune". Although its possible for life to exist in more of an ocean world environment until we find out more about it we can only speculate about the possibilities.

Even if the planet was able to harbor life it's still 600 light years away, so we still would need a way to get there if there is hope of using it.

Posted by: fadmonic at December 5, 2011 06:29 PM

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