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Newly discovered exoplanet is the most Earth-like we’ve seen yet

Scientists have discovered an Earth-like plant approximately 31 light years from Earth and there’s a strong possibility of it harboring life. HD85512b orbits an orange dwarf in the constellation Vela and is the right distance from the sun to make it one of the most Earth-like planets ever discovered. The plant is three-and-a-half times the mass of Earth and is in the inner part of the “goldilocks zone” which means it’s not too hot or cold for liquid water to be present. The size of the planet suggests an Earth-like atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen rather than the hydrogen and helium that dominate the atmospheres of larger worlds.

http://www.frontsidebus.net/2011/09/01/newly-discovered-exoplanet-is-the-most-earth-like-we’ve-seen-yet/

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