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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:20 pm

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For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life.

The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. While the host star is dimmer than Earth's sun and the planet is slightly bigger than Earth, the positioning of the alien world coupled with its size suggests that Kepler-186f could have water on its surface, scientists say. You can learn more about the amazing alien planet find in a video produced by Space.com.

"One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com. "This [Kepler-186f] is an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a cooler star. So, while it's not an Earth twin, it is perhaps an Earth cousin. It has similar characteristics, but a different parent."

http://www.space.com/25530-earthsize-exoplanet-kepler-186f-habitable-discovery.html

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Post by Guest on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:22 pm

Wow, that's some discovery. Wonder if they will ever get onto it to find out.

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Post by Irn Bru on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:23 pm

If it is inhabited then I hope the inhabitants have made a better job of looking after their planet than we have of ours.

I guess we will never know though.

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Post by captain on Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:17 pm

It would be fascinating to know if there were some other species with intelligent life. Surely they could not be worse then the people controlling every corner of lives. If they are there, I wish they would let us little people know. Maybe that would change attitudes and outlooks on our world, people and animals, maybe we could all get along.
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Post by Guest on Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:39 pm

then again it could be "bug world" aka starship trooper......

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Post by captain on Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:15 pm

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"then again it could be "bug world" aka starship trooper......"

Eww. But still I would take my chances rather than this 1% we have controlling us.
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Post by captain on Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:20 pm

Well hello there...
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Post by groomsy on Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:05 am

Sassy wrote:Wow, that's some discovery.   Wonder if they will ever get onto it to find out.

just do what Futurama did and increase the speed of light
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