Earth-Like Planet May Be Within Reach

Astronomers Glimpse Possible Earth 2.0 In Our Own Stellar Neighbourhood

They’re adding another earth-like planet to the list, but this one is unique. Since the Kepler Space Telescope started its hunt for exoplanets in 2009, more than 200 have been found to be made of the right stuff and far enough from its star to be considered earth-like. But the latest find sets itself apart that it’s not only earth like, but it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our own. That means a potentially habitable planet, at just over four light years away, could be reached within our lifetimes. While reports have it the discovery was made by the European Southern Observatory, but the ESO won’t be officially announcing the findings until the end of the month.