Scientists Close To Announcing Discovery Of First Habitable, Earth-Sized Planet

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Scientists Close To Announcing Discovery Of First Habitable, Earth-Sized Planet

CBS Tampa

Tampa (CBS TAMPA) — Scientists and NASA researchers are close to announcing that the search for a habitable, Earth-sized planet may be over.

Thomas Barclay, an astronomer with NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, has found a planet nearly the size of Earth that is located in a habitable zone of a star in the Milky Way. Writing in separate Twitter posts, the outermost planet has a radius estimated to be 1.1 times as large as Earth’s, tweeted University of Arizona graduate student Nick Ballering.

Until this discovery, research had put the minimum size for a new Earth candidate at 1.4 times the size of Earth – a star called “Kepler-62F,” which orbits 1,200 light years away from the Earth, Gizmodo reports.

The Kepler telescope was unveiled in 2009 specifically to allow scientists to scour the universe and beyond for possible Earth-like matches. For four years, the space telescope…

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