Earth-like planet found in corner of Milky Way
Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30
Another 'Earth' which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been seen orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.
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)