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Italians help discover most Earth-like planet

'Extraordinary' find says INAF chief

30 October, 19:16
Italians help discover most Earth-like planet (ANSA) - Rome, October 30 - Italian researchers have helped find the most Earth-like planet in the universe.

Kepler-78b, which orbits the Kepler78 star about 700 light years from the Sun, is roughly the same size as the Earth with a similar density and mass but too hot to sustain life, an article in Nature magazine said.

"It's an extraordinary result," said the head of the Italian Astrophysics Institute (INAF), Giovanni Bignami.

INAF's Galileo Telescope in the Canary Islands is helping the US Kepler satellite find planets like Earth.