FOR KIDS: New planetary neighbor
Nearest star system has a world that's Earthly in size, but too hot for human visitors
Web edition: November 6, 2012
Astronomers have found that our closest stellar neighbor has an Earth-sized planet orbiting it. This illustration shows what the pair might look like.
For decades, astronomers have been training telescopes all over the sky, looking for alien worlds. In October, they reported finding an Earth-sized planet near a small, next-door star. The discovery naturally raises the question: When can we visit?
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