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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

First Planet in Habitable Zone

( -- NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface. Kepler also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its previously known count. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star. Candidates require follow-up observations to verify they are actual planets.
Read more in PhysOrg

Kepler confirms its first planet in habitable zone of sun-like star
 Image: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech
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