Earth-size rocky planet is a hot mess

31 Oct

Astronomers locate a rare Earth-size rocky planet outside of our solar system, but it’s not very hospitable.

by Amanda Kooser

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Kepler-78b might seem kind of familiar. It’s one of only a few planets scientists have found that are about the same size as Earth. It has a rocky makeup like Earth as well. But we won’t be building leisure colonies on it anytime soon. Our doppelganger is rocking some hellish temperatures.

The planet was pinpointed thanks to NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Two different research teams took on the task of ferreting out some of the details on the planet, and both have published papers this week about the discovery in the same issue of the Nature journal.

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