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Friday 19 September 2014

Earth-like planet found in corner of Milky Way

Sarah Knapton

Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30

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It is the first time that astronomers have observed a rocky planet the same size as our own in a 'Goldilocks zone', an area around a star that is neither too hot nor too cold for an Earthlike planet to maintain liquid water on its surface. Thinkstock Images
It is the first time that astronomers have observed a rocky planet the same size as our own in a 'Goldilocks zone', an area around a star that is neither too hot nor too cold for an Earthlike planet to maintain liquid water on its surface. Thinkstock Images

Another 'Earth' which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been seen orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.

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It is the first time that astronomers have observed a rocky planet the same size as our own in a "Goldilocks zone", an area around a star that is neither too hot nor too cold for an Earthlike planet to maintain liquid water on its surface. The planet, named Kepler-186f, is 500 light years away and orbits a red dwarf star in the constellation Cygnus in our corner of the Milky Way.

"What makes this finding compelling is that this Earth-sized planet resides in a temperate region where water could exist in liquid form," said Elisa Quintana, lead researcher of the SETI Institute and Nasa Ames Research Centre. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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