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NASA Announces New Planet, But What Happened To Pluto?

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By Debbie EmeryRadar Reporter

After shunning Pluto and downgrading its classification, NASA has rebounded and announced a celebrity just outside our solar system by revealing the discovery of a new planet called Kepler-22b.

Scientists are so excited about their new find that they are even calling it the ‘Second Earth,’ as it orbits close enough to its sun to potentially support life.

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Located 600 light years away (one light year equals 600 trillion miles), NASA will have to make do with a long distance relationship with Kepler-22b, which is 2.4 times the radius of Earth.

The most ground-breaking aspect of the latest addition is that it orbits in the “habitable zone” just far enough from the star to make the presence of water possible – and therefore alien life-forms, reported FoxNews.com.

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Just like every ideal destination, Kepler-22b has a pleasant, balmy climate that could make it even more hospitable to aliens.

“This discovery supports the growing belief that we live in a universe crowded with life,” explained Alan Boss, an astrophysicist with Carnegie Melon University.

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“Kepler is on the verge of determining the actual abundance of habitable, Earth-like planets in our galaxy.”

As for Pluto, after being known as the ninth planet from the sun, it was downgraded to a “dwarf planet” in 2006 after it was revealed that it is one of several large bodies within the newly charted Kuiper belt.

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