Earth-Sized Planet Found Near Sun-like Star

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Wed, Aug 25th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

CBC.ca reports that scientists have identified a sun-like star, HD 10180, with as many as seven different planets, including one that might be the smallest ever found outside the solar system. Those behind the discovery, announced Tuesday at an international conference in France that they're nearly certain they've identified one only 1.4 times the size of Earth.

One of the astronomers involved, Alan Boss, of the Washington-based Carnegie Institution for Science, says that the star, which is more than 100 light years away, is part of a growing body of evidence that the universe is full of planets, and that several could be similar to our own.

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