Scientists Discover New Planet Similar to Earth

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A team of scientists in California have discovered a new planet. It's the first of its kind and could have the right conditions to support life.

"It is the first time we found a planet that has the right mass and is the right distance to have liquid water and a substantial atmosphere," scientist Paul Butler said.

It sits in what astronomers call the "habitable zone" and is similar to the earth in temperature, size, and climate.

It orbits it's own sun every 37 days but does not rotate.  The surface temperature can reach as hot as 160 degrees fahrenheit or as cold as minus 27 degrees.

Scientists aren't sure if it contains water but are excited over the discovery.

"The star is so nearby, and we found it relatively quickly in the scheme of things. So this suggests that potentially habitable planets are very, very common," Butler said.

The planet is 120 trillion miles away, and It would take several generations for a space shuttle to reach it.

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