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Edmonds astronomer discovers most earth-like planet yet

 

April 25, 2013

Eric Agol

A University of Washington astronomer from Edmonds has made a huge discovery in the science world. So huge, in fact, that last week it was the top story in Google News’s Science Division.

Eric Agol has identified a small, probably rocky, planet that orbits a sun-like star in the Lyra constellation, 1,200 light years away.

The planet has been named “Kepler 62f,” and scientists believe it is “perhaps the most earthlike planet yet found outside the solar system by the Kepler Space Telescope.”

The Kepler telescope is a space observatory orbiting nearly 93 million miles above Earth....



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