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April 18, 2013

Far away solar system with two Earth-like planets

Scientific looking the Universe have found a new solar system around Kepler-62. and there is at least five planets which orbit around the star. But the great news is that and two of them are Earth-sized and orbit the star in its habitable zone.
The two planets, called Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, are both bigger than Earth, but not by much; they are 1.6 and 1.4 times the Earth’s diameter, respectively. Kepler-62e orbits the star every 122 days, while Kepler-62f, farther out, takes about 267 days.
Given the temperature and size of the parent star, this means that both planets are inside the zone around the star where water on the surface could be a liquid. 

One of the reasons the scientific look out into the Universe is to learn more about ourselves. Certainly, finding planets that are different than ours provides us with context, a there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-we sort of perspective.