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At Last, Earth-Sized Alien Worlds (Infographic)

Posted by Admin on December 24, 2011

http://www.space.com/13987-earth-size-alien-planets-kepler-22e-infographic.html

by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 20 December 2011 Time: 01:02 PM ET
The Kepler space telescope has spied evidence of two Earth-sized worlds in a star system 950 light-years away.

  On Dec. 20, 2011, astronomers announced the discovery an alien solar system 950 light-years from Earth that is chock full of planets, including the first two extrasolar worlds ever confirmed to be the size of our own Earth or smaller.

Finding Earth-size planets has been a major goal for NASA’s Kepler space observatory, which spotted the small alien worlds and their larger cousins around a star known as Kepler 20. The two Earth-size planets (one is actually smaller than Earth) are known as Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f. See how the planets compare to Earth and the other planets in their alien star system in the infographic above.

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Planets Large and Small Populate Our Galaxy (Infographic)

Posted by Admin on December 23, 2011

http://www.space.com/13828-alien-planets-kepler-telescope-infographic.html

by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 05 December 2011 Time: 05:03 PM ET
Astronomers searching for another Earth are getting closer, thanks to recent discoveries by the Kepler space telescope.

  Astronomers have discovered more than 700 alien planets beyond the solar system, and the count is rising all the time. Some are large and hot, and others are smaller and cooler, but scientists are still on the lookout for an Earth twin.

They just got closer, with the announcement Dec. 5 of a planet found by NASA’s Kepler space telescope to lie in the habitable zone around its star where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist.

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