NASA Has Discovered a Planet That Seems a Lot Like Earth

Don't start packing just yet. This distant planetary cousin is 2.5 million times farther away than Pluto

This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earthsize world to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The habitable zone is a region around a star where temperatures are right for water—an essential ingredient for life as we know it—to pool on the surface. Scientists do not know if Kepler-452b can support life or not.

NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

NASA scientists have pinpointed a planet orbiting a Sun-like star that may resemble Earth more than any of the other 1,000 planets so far discovered outside the solar system. 

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