Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet
This artist’s rendering provided by NASA on Thursday, April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin. T. Pyle/NASA Ames, SETI Institute, JPL-Caltech
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Updated: 2:43 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.
LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.
The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:47 pm.
Updated: 2:43 pm.