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Seems like this is happening everyday, no?

In a couple of hours, we’ll hear about new planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission, according to a release.

This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. Image and caption courtesy of NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

It was only two weeks ago that scientists announced the discovery of a planet located within the “habitable zone,” an area where it’s not too cold or too hot. This was the first for Kepler – whose mission is specifically geared to finding “Earth-like” planets orbiting stars.

However, the discovery wasn’t without controversy. Space Oddities was among the first to write about the habitability issues of the newly discovered planet, dubbed Kepler-22b. Since the mass of the planet was not calculated, and it was more than twice the size of our planet, some questioned how it could be habitable.

Here’s another article, this time from Science News, that speaks about Kepler-22b being too ripe for life.

So what does today’s announcement have in store for us? Another potentially habitable planet? How about a massive gas giant orbiting way to close to a star?

 

 

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