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NASA's Kepler telescope finds three 'super-Earth-size' exoplanets that could house life

NASA peers through their Kepler telescope, finds three potentially habitable planets

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 6:29 am

NASA has used their Kepler telescope to discover three "super-Earth-size" exoplanets that are close enough to their star to possibly have water on them. Two of the planets, Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, orbit a K2 dwarf estimated to be around 7 billion years old.

 

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This star measures in at around two-thirds the size of our sun, and is orbited by a total of five planets, three of which are too close to be habitable for life to form. Kepler-69c, the biggest of the three new planets discovered, is estimated to be around 70% larger than Earth, and takes 242 days to circle its star. This isn't the biggest news NASA has had, but it is interesting nonetheless.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com

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