New Earth-like planet discovered

New Earth-like planet discovered

1. In a major development, a team of researchers has discovered an Earth-like exoplanet revolving around Sun-like a star.
2. The team found the object by combing through old Kepler Space Telescope data using two new algorithms meant to study the star’s brightness.
3. Researchers have found a likely exoplanet, KOI-456.04, that’s less than twice as large as Earth while orbiting a host star (Kepler-160) that provides about 93 percent of the light levels our planet receives.
4. It’s even circling the star at a comparable distance to the Earth, taking 378 days to complete one pass.
5. Currently, the team is 85% sure that KOI-456.04 is a new exoplanet, and in order to give it the status of an exoplanet, 99% confirmation needs to be achieved.

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