Scientists Discover New Planet Similar To Earth

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new planet that is very similar to earth.

The accompanying picture is an artist drawing.

The new planet called Kepler-22B is sitting outside our solar system in what appears to be an ideal place for life.

Scientists say the surface temperature is near 72 degrees and it could possibly have liquid water on its surface, which is essential for life.

Follow up studies are now underway to determine if the planet is solid like earth or more gaseous like Neptune.

Kepler-22B is approximately 600 light years away.

The planet was discovered by the Kepler telescope which was launched in 2009 on a planet- hunting mission.


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  • by ET on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    ET from home!!!!!
  • by not until the fat lady sings on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum are gonna go check it out, everything will be fine.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM
    It must be Heaven... because this is as close as you jugdemental people will get to it!
  • by JC on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    We would only destroy it like this one...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Jimmy Hoffa is there with Elvis
  • by racetospace on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    i bet rick perry and hermain thinks its part of lybia..lol what morons repugs are..
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:37 PM in reply to racetospace
      And some morons need to learn how to spell.
    • reply
      by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to racetospace
      AS long as Obama thinks Hawii is part of Asia, England is the UK and we have 57 states, thats OK...at least there is hope...anybody but Obama will take the whitehouse in 2012....
  • by Penny Location: Washington on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    Does anyone know when tickets will be available for departure?!! I would love to leave here!!
  • by holly Location: greenville on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    its so pretty....looks like its made up of a lot of carribean islands...ahhh
  • by Bugged Location: Kinston on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    Great!!! Now, can we send all of the criminals there?
  • by craig Location: G-Vegas on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    If we had a very strong laser, and we pointed it at the planet, it would take 600 years for the light to reach the planet. A long way.
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      by Duh on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:35 PM in reply to craig
      DUH!!!!
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