|dethalternate||Date: Saturday, 01-August-2015, 9:50 PM | Message # 1|
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|Nasa discovers yet another rocky exoplanet, and it's only 21 light years away |
Astronomers have discovered the closest rocky planet outside our solar system, which is larger than Earth and a "potential gold mine of science data".
Using Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists managed to confirm the existence of the planet, in a major milestone in space research.
Unfortunately, unlike Kepler 452b, the incredibly Earth-like planet that was discovered recently, this new planet, the catchily-named HD 219134b, is far too close to its star to sustain life.
Although it's far too hot to visit, it's significantly closer to earth than Kepler, only 21 light years away compared to 1,400 - although that's still incredibly far away.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.independent.co.uk/news....23.html