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An Earth-like Discovery

I read an article yesterday about an Earth-like discover in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone using the Keplar telescope mounted on Mars. This planet is right in the middle of the habitable zone and is roughly 2.5 times the size of earth. The planet is a little closer to its star than we are the sun but the star is dimmer and exudes less heat. Astronomers are estimating the average temperature on the planet to be about 72 degrees.

Immediately, I found this fascinating. Lots of things started to race through my head. First, logically, just because life could exist on this planet doesn’t necessarily mean that it does. Secondly, and more fantasizing, what stage of life is currently on this planet? Becky and I were talking about these stages which could be anywhere from early bacteria all the way up to advanced life forms (aliens).

The planet is 600 million light years away (roughly the length of my work commute) so the chances of a human traveling is…well, it’s not going to happen. Anyway, this planetary find should at least get you to think a little about what could be out there since there is now evidence to prove a planet exists that has similar variables to Earth in the cosmos.

Here is a picture of an artists rendering of the Earth-like planet.

Later,

Derek

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