Most earthlike planet found yet


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Jan10-13, 10:50 AM
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Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Possibly Found (Space.com via Yahoo)
http://news.yahoo.com/most-earth-ali...213629737.html
The possible planet is called KOI 172.02 (KOI stands for Kepler Object of Interest, a designation assigned to all planet candidates found by the telescope until they are confirmed as planets). The discovery was announced at the meeting Monday (Jan. 7) by Christopher Burke of the SETI Institute . . . .
The planet is reported to be 1.5 earth masses. The host star is a G-type star, just slightly cooler than our own sun, and it apparently orbits the star in 242 days at about 0.75 AU.
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Thanks for the link! I didn't see any reference as to how many light years away this star-planet system was. Any idea? And I assume the SETI folks et ali have been beaming radio signals toward it, and at what frequency? What are the chances that such signals would reach the planet and be detected by intelligent life, if indeed such life exists?


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