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Earth-like planet is found “near”

ARTIST'S VIEW of what a newly-discovered planet 4.22 million light years away might look like (European Southern Observatory).

ARTIST’S VIEW of what a newly-discovered planet 4.22 million light years away might look like (European Southern Observatory).

Scientists reported Wednesday that a planet somewhat similar to Earth, one that could support life, has been found a mere 4.22 light years away. That’s about 25 million actual miles. The planet orbits the star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our planet. Barring the invention of “Star Trek”-like warp drives, probes from Earth could reach this new place before the end of the 21st century, reports the Associated Press.

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  1. As you know, light travels at 186,000 miles per second. So a light year (the distance a bit of light would travel in a year) is 5,878,625,373,183.6 miles, or 5 trillion, 878 billion, 625 million, 373 thousand, 183.6 miles. Therefore the planet around Alpha Centauri would be 24807799074834.792 miles away, or 24 trillion, 807 billion, 790 million 74 thousand, 834.792 miles away. Just a thought!

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