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Jul 24, 2015

Distant Planets

Distant Planets

A planet remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered in a "habitable zone" around a distant sun-like star. The planet, which is about 60 percent bigger than Earth, is located about 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus.

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A NASA illustration compares Earth to a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth called Kepler-452b NASA/REUTERS

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A NASA illustration depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b NASA/REUTERS

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An artist rendering of the newly discovered world HAT-P-1 Handout/REUTERS

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Artist's impression shows unique type of exoplanet discovered with Hubble Space Telescope NASA/REUTERS

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Artist's impression shows Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star NASA/REUTERS

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Artist concept of planet-forming disk around a baby star Ho New/REUTERS

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NASA artist's concept of the planet Kepler-16b NASA/Reuters

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NASA artist's concept of the circumbinary planet Kepler-16b NASA/Reuters

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Handout picture of an artist's illustration of Kepler-22b Handout/REUTERS

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This artist's impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc Handout/Reuters

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Nasa image of an artist's conception of the tiny new planet Kepler-37b NASA/Reuters

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A newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed Sedna is seen in this artist's concept NASA/Reuters

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Artist's impression of newly detected Earth-like planet Handout /REUTERS

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A handout photo shows an artist's impression of the Jupiter-size extrasolar planet, HD 189733b, being eclipsed by its parent star Ho New/REUTERS

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An artist?s impression shows the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth Handout/REUTERS

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ARTISTS VIEW OF ANCIENT PLANET IN GLOBULAR CLUSTER CORE. Handout/REUTERS

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NASA handout of an artist's depiction of Kepler-62e NASA/Reuters

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star Ho New/REUTERS

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Astronomers searching the skies for distant planets have detected two Saturn-sized worlds orbiting d.. Stringer/

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A California astronomer has discovered what he believes is the 10th planet in our solar system, a gr.. NASA/

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NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovers planets Ho New/REUTERS

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