Earth-Like Planet Spotted
KOI 172.02 orbits star like our sun
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 2:20 PM CST
This artist impression, provided by the European Southern Observatory and the journal Nature, shows the surface of the distant dwarf planet Makemake.   (AP Photo/European Southern Observatory/Nature)

(Newser) – Less than two weeks after astronomers predicted they would find an Earth-like planet some time in 2013, the feat may have already been accomplished. Scientists this week announced at the 221st meeting of American Astronomical Society that the Kepler telescope has found a "super-Earth" whose radius is 1.5 times that of our own; it exists in the habitable zone, orbits a star similar to our sun, and possibly contains water. Space.com dubs it "the most Earth-like world yet detected" outside of our solar system.

"This was very exciting because it's our first habitable-zone super Earth around a sun-type star," says a Kepler astronomer. The Earth-like planet orbits a G-type star, one that's nearly as hot as our sun, once every 242 days. "It's a big deal," adds an astrophysicist of the planet named KOI 172.02. "It's definitely a good candidate for life." (The news comes just a couple of days after astronomers announced there were probably around 17 billion Earth-size planets around the Milky Way.)

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1492
Jan 12, 2013 9:40 PM CST
What is it that makes this planet look like Earth. Where are the Oceans. The continents...one and a half larger than our planet....that would mean we would weigh one and half times more...if I weigh 200 lbs here, I would weigh 300 lbs there...na....I'll stay home. That is what I like about the Moon. It's so small, we weigh less...we can bounce there like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.....Mars is smaller than earth...that wouldn't be too bad, except we couldn't breath, drink water or harvest any crops...hmmm....I'll stay home.
homer57
Jan 12, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Not Another Stupid A(SS)TRONUT...How any times will these people try to peerpetrate this Godless lie! Their hope in another planet is based upon the fact that want to prove God/Jesus Christ is wrong...However: that will never happen, they will just keeping wasting our money to send crap up into space to find what...."NOTHING" There is NO cure for Stupidity when a man will not acknowledge God in creation..soooooo, he continues to be bling in his ignorance! Like a blind man who has never seen colors...IT is impossible to explain what God hath wrath!! I "BELIEVE" God and what else would make any sense!!
Chatsworth
Jan 11, 2013 6:13 PM CST
I can't wait to visit it.Probably would require very strong muscles to adapt to the stronger gravity there.