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Second Most Earth-Like Planet to Date Found
Here's Andrew le Page, with his usual 'habitability reality check';
Quote: Unfortunately, with a radius of 1.6 RE, Kepler 452b has maybe no more than a 40% chance of being a rocky planet given what we have seen of earlier Kepler finds. It seems a bit more likely that Kepler 452b is a mini-Neptune instead with poor prospects of being habitable in the conventional sense. We will have to wait to get more data for a more definitive determination of the true nature of this newly discovered world.
Despite the outstanding issue of the nature of Kepler 452b, it still has very real prospects of be potentially habitable.
This is actually a much better result than almost every other planet LePage has examined, so we might be starting to see some potential life-bearing worlds here.

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RE: Second Most Earth-Like Planet to Date Found - by stevebowers - 07-25-2015, 04:12 PM

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