Nearby Earth-like planet discovered

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Nearby Earth-like planet discovered

European astronomers have discovered what they believe is an Earth-like planet just outside our own solar system, which could potentially contain the ingredients to support life.

The planet is estimated as having a diameter 50 percent larger than Earth. But don't think we will be sending probes there any time soon. At 20.5 light years away, which is not far compared to other celestial bodies, it still means it would take us 20 and a half years to get there while traveling at the speed of light.

"We have estimated that the mean temperature of this super-Earth lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid"

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Pretty Cool

Friday 27th April 2007 | 07:58 PM

Have they invented light speed travel yet? :-)

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Wednesday 2nd May 2007 | 11:33 PM

mr spock, warp speed.

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Trek Guy

Monday 7th May 2007 | 09:36 PM

Kirk would have only said 'warp speed' to Scotty, Sulu or Chekov. Spock was the Science officer, not engineering or navigation :-) Sorry couldn't let it go by uncorrected ;-P

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