Scientists find a likely Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star | Engadget

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Astronomers have found Earth-like planets before, but usually around red dwarf stars. That's a rather large problem when their flares and radiation could make orbiting planets uninhabitable. Thankfully, there may be a much more viable candidate in the pipeline. Researchers have found (via MIT Technology Review) a likely exoplanet, KOI-456.04, that's less than twice as large as Earth while orbiting a host star (Kepler-160) that provides about 93 percent of the light levels our planet receives. It's even circling the star at a comparable distance to the Earth, taking 378 days to complete one pass.


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