Kepler Spots Possible Alien World In Zone That Could Support Life

“This was exciting because it’s our [first] habitable-zone super Earth around a sun-type star,” Kepler astronomer Natalie Batalha said on Tues. at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, according to Space. KOI 172.02 is just one of 4 newly identified super-Earth-sized planets among the 461 new planet candidates recently discovered by the Kepler mission.

 

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