10 December 2011, 12:00

Kepler-22b is more of Earth’s “cousin”, astrophysicist says

Kepler-22b is more of Earth’s “cousin”, astrophysicist says
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Astrophysicists and probably more than a few science writers are all abuzz about a new discovery. NASA has confirmed the first Earth-like planet outside of our solar system. And while Kepler-22b has been dubbed “Earth’s twin,” not everyone is ready to call for a family reunion.

Astrophysicists and probably more than a few science writers are all abuzz about a new discovery. NASA has confirmed the first Earth-like planet outside of our solar system. And while Kepler-22b has been dubbed “Earth’s twin,” not everyone is ready to call for a family reunion. Dr.

Jonathan McDowell,

anastrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, believes Kepler-22b shouldn’t be called “Earth’s twin,” as it’s more of a cousin.

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