Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Just Right? Scientists Have Found a Planet Much like Our Own

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Just Right? Scientists Have Found a Planet Much like Our Own

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If ever there was a reason for humanity to develop interstellar warp drive or wormhole technology, it is the discovery of the first exo-planet scientists can truly say resembles Earth.

Situated 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, a very Earth-like planet dubbed Kepler-452b is in orbit around a very bright sun similar to our own. This has generated the kind of excitement among scientists that we haven't seen in years because Kepler-452b occupies the so-called "Goldilocks zone" in relation to its sun.

The "Goldilocks zone" is an area that is not too hot or too cold when it comes to the possibility of supporting life. Earth occupies its own Goldilocks zone, thus the excitement about the possibility of life on this "new" Earth, older than our sun.

Ever since it was spotted by the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, scientists have been busy cataloging as much data as possible about the 6-billion-year-old planet. They believe it is 60 percent larger than Earth and is a warm and possibly wet world with a rocky surface, active volcanoes and lots of clouds. …

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