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Astronomers discover new Earth-like planet

September 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scientists are convinced they have discovered an Earth-like planet that could have the crucial conditions to support life.The planet circles a star about 120 trillion miles away from Earth.

It is so close to its version of the sun that it orbits every 37 days.

But it does not rotate much, so one side is almost always bright and the other side is dark.

Temperatures range from 160 degrees to minus 25 degrees.

It is unknown whether water exists on the planet, and what kind of atmosphere it has.

There is no name for the planet yet.

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