Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Exoplanet, Kepler-20e; Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Scientists have made an important discovery in their search for life outside of our solar system.  NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler mission discovered two planets, roughly the size of Earth, called Kepler-20e  and Kepler-20f. “They are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.”  Part of a five-planet system called Kepler-20, both planets are in the constellation Lyra, approximately 1,000 light-years (9.4 x 10+18 meters) away.

To read the full NASA report, click here.

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