International Astronomers Discover Rare Distant ‘Mirror Image’ of Earth and Sun
By Fox News // June 9, 2020
(FOX NEWS) – Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet and its star that are a “mirror image” of the Earth and the sun.
Experts from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany, led an international team of astronomers in the discovery of the exoplanet-star-pair.
Exoplanet KOI-456.04 is less than twice the size of Earth, but orbits a sun-like star, explains the Max Planck Institute, in a statement. The star is just over 3,000 light-years from the solar system.
“KOI-456.04 sits in a region of the stellar habitable zone – the distance range around a star admitting liquid surface water on an Earth-like planet – that is comparable to the Earth’s position around the Sun,” the scientists add, in the statement.
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