December 28, 2012

Experts: First 'Alien Earth' Will Be Found in 2013

Mike Wall, Space.com


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The first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe.

While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world — such as size or inferred surface temperature — they have yet to bag a bona fide "alien Earth." But that should change in 2013, scientists say.

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TAGGED: Habitable Zone, Kepler Space Telescope, Astronomy, Earth-like Planet

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