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June 7 2014

Astronomers find oldest potentially earth-like planet


Scientists have found a potentially habitable planet in our galactic back yard. It orbits a star that can be seen with an amateur telescope and its surface may be warm enough for water to exist in liquid form.

The planet is one of two orbiting Kapteyn’s star, which can be seen in the southern constellation of Pictor, and astronomers believe it could be more than twice the age of Earth, making it one of the oldest known habitable planets.


Related: Earth Has an Older, Bigger, Possibly Inhabitable Brother

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