06 Dec '11, 1am

Nasa confirms a 'super-Earth' outside our solar system that could hold life

Nasa confirms a 'super-Earth' outside our solar system that could hold life

This NASA artist's conception obtained Dec 5, 2011 illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) - In another step toward finding Earth-like planets that may hold life, Nasa said on Monday the Kepler space telescope has confirmed its first-ever planet in a habitable zone outside our solar system. French astronomers earlier this year confirmed the first rocky exoplanet to meet key requirements for sustaining life. But Kepler-22b, initially glimpsed in 2009, is the first the United States space agency has been able to confirm. Confirmation means that astronomers have seen it crossing in front of its star three times. But it doesn't mean that astronomers know whether life actually exists there, simply that the conditions are right. Such planets have the right distance from their star to su...

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