Posted by | December 5, 2011 14:54 | Filed under: Top Stories

A new planet has been found outside Earth’s solar system, but with eerie similarities to us.

Scientists say the temperature on the surface of the planet is about a comfy 72 degrees (22 Celsius). Its star could almost be a twin of Earth’s sun. It probably has water and land.

It was found in the middle of the habitable zone, making it the best potential target for life.

The discovry announced Monday was made by NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope. This is the first time Kepler confirmed a planet outside Earth’s solar system in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold habitable zone. This is the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is estimated to be 2.4 times the size of Earth, which would make it the smallest found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun.

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