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Scientists find most Earth-like planet yet.

April 26, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — European astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our solar system, and here’s what it might be like to live there:

The “sun” wouldn’t burn brightly. It would hang close, large and red in the sky, glowing faintly like a charcoal ember. And it probably would never set if you lived on the sunny side of the planet.

You could have a birthday party every 13 days because that’s how fast this new planet circles its sun-like star. But watch the cake — you’d weigh a whole lot more than you do on Earth.

You might be able to keep your current wardrobe. The temperature in this alien setting will likely be a lot like Earth’s — not too hot, not too cold.

And that “just right” temperature is one key reason astronomers think this planet could conceivably house life outside our solar system. It’s also as close to Earth-sized as telescopes have ever spotted. Both elements make it the first potentially habitable planet besides Earth or Mars.

Astronomers who announced the discovery of the new planet Tuesday say this puts them closer to answering the cosmic question: Are we alone?

Full Story @ http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/04/25/habitable.planet.ap/index.html

I was certainly happy to wake up to this. I know it was mentioned on the news in passing, but I completely forgot about it in the midst of what Seung-Hui Cho ate for breakfast.

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