07 Dec '11, 9am

Pack your bags and prepare for a long flight: Earth-like planet found 600 light years away

WASHINGTON - A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside Earth's solar system in what seems to be a potential future home for mankind, except for one hitch. It is a bit too big. The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard-to-find place that is not too hot or too cold, where water, which is essential for life, does not freeze or boil. And it has a shopping mall-like surface temperature of about 22°C, scientists say. The planet's confirmation was announced on Monday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) along with other discoveries by its Kepler telescope, which was launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009. That is the first planet confirmed in the habitable zone using Kepler, which already had found Earth-like rocky planets elsewhere. Twice before, astronomers have announ...

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