Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:40

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Earth-like planets may be as close as just 13 light-years away, orbiting around red dwarf stars, new research suggests. By utilizing data that was obtained by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), have discovered that about 6% of red dwarf stars have ‘habitable’ Earth-size planets.


“We thought we would have to search vast distances to find an Earth-like planet. Now we realize another Earth is probably in our own backyard, waiting to be spotted,” said Harvard researcher/primary author Courtney Dressing (CfA).

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