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Astronomers Discover Earth 2

‘Most Earth-like planet’ discovered by NASA

‘It is no longer a question of if will we find a true Earth analogue, but a question of when,’ says Steve Howell, Kepler mission project scientist. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Scientists at NASA have found a total of 461 new planet candidates and one in particular, KOI-172.02, is being described as the most similar to our home planet yet.

KOI-172.02 is a super Earth-size planet candidate, meaning it is 1.25-2 times the size of Earth. It is in an orbit of 150 days or less in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun.