The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2014

2) Earth Sized Planet in the Goldilocks Zone

In April, NASAs Kepler space telescope seen a World cousin planet that orbits its star in the habitable Goldilocks zone, is similar in size to Earth, and might have water and the perfect conditions for life as we understand it.

The planet, being called Kepler 186f, circles a red dwarf star and is about 490 light years from Earth. The recently discovered planet is the greatest instance for a habitable planet, other than Earth, that scientists have found.

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