May 23, 2017

Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life

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For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized 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.

 

Article by by Miriam Kramer, Staff Writer
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scientist (n) a person who studies one or more of the natural sciences
habitable (adj) suitable for people to live in
telescope (n) a piece of equipment shaped like a tube, containing lenses, that you look through to make objects that are far away appear larger and nearer
dwarf (adj) much smaller than the normal size
dimmer – dim (adj) not bright

 

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