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Planet found like earth!

September 16, 2009
pity there’s no life, maybe there was once and it could teach us something, but too hot to land there.
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Found: Firm place to stand outside solar system

This image provided by the European Southern Observatory Wednesday Sept. 16,

As scientists search the skies for life elsewhere, they have found more than 300 planets outside our solar system. But they all have been gas balls or can’t be proven to be solid. Now a team of European astronomers has confirmed the first rocky extrasolar planet.

Scientists have long figured that if life begins on a planet, it needs a solid surface to rest on, so finding one elsewhere is a big deal.

So close that its surface temperature is more than 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit, too toasty to sustain life. It circles its star in just 20 hours, zipping around at 466,000 mph. By comparison, Mercury, the planet nearest our sun, completes its solar orbit in 88 days.

This is a major discovery in the field of trying to find life elsewhere in the universe,
It’s as close to something like the Earth that we’ve found so far.

Four planets in our solar system are rocky: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

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