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Two planets orbiting a star 950 light-years from Earth are the smallest, most Earth-size alien worlds known, astronomers announced today (Dec. 20). One of the planets is actually smaller than Earth, scientists say.
These planets, while roughly the size of our planet Earth, are circling very close to their star, giving them fiery temperatures that are most likely too hot to support life, researchers said. The discovery, however, brings scientists one step closer to finding a true twin of Earth that may be habitable
Originally posted by RSF77
The big eyelid of Earth is opening.
Thanks, I always love information about the search for planets.
So, basically large, hot Mercuries?edit on 20-12-2011 by RSF77 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by GLontra
It's an "alien Venus"...
We are one step closer to find an "alien Earth".
Maybe in 2012 we may find a planet the same size of Earth, orbiting a star the same size of the Sun, at the same distance that Earth does it.
Originally posted by Bixxi3
reply to post by yeti101
I see ok that is pretty cool. Its ashame we can't just zoom right into the planet like google earth
Originally posted by yeti101
reply to post by HawkeyeNation
lol kepler doesn't see the planets it detects dips in the light from the star. Kepler is studying stars so its actually indirect detection of planets.
kepler cant look at stars nearby because they're too bright. We need a different kind of telescope to actually see the planets around nearby stars.edit on 20-12-2011 by yeti101 because: (no reason given)
These planets, while roughly the size of our planet Earth, are circling very close to their star, giving them fiery temperatures that are most likely too hot to support life, researchers said.