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Two Earth like exo-planets discovered with endless oceans


  • “These planets are unlike anything in our solar system. They have endless oceans,” said lead author Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the CfA.

    The two planets were discovered by NASA’s Kepler planet finder telescope orbiting a star 1,200 light years away in the constellation Lyra back in April 2013.

    Official NASA illustration of the two new planets

    It is now thought that two of the planets orbiting the star are likely solid earth like water worlds with endless oceans.

    Illustration from NASA comparing the size and composition of the two exo-planets with Earth.

    Illustration from NASA comparing the size and composition of the two exo-planets with Earth.

    The two planets lie within the star’s habitable zone and are shrouded in clouds and carbon dioxide, meaning life could exist there.

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