Earth sized planet discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri !

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Astronomers have discovered a planet roughly the same size as Earth orbiting the star nearest our Sun, Alpha Centauri B.

The star is only 4.4 light-years away from Earth.

Using our current technology, we will be able to send spacecraft that will arrive there in 40 000 years.

When our spacecraft arrive there, they are unlikely to find any signs of life as the planet is very close to its sun. The year there is only 3.2 days long and the surface is most likely composed of molten lava with temperatures in excess of 1 000 degrees.

Read the article on wired.com written by +Adam Mann
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/earth-exoplanet-alpha-centauri/

Read the article written by +Ned Potter on +ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/10/alpha-centauri-nearest-star-has-earth-sized-planet/

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson !

Looking closely in the upper right hand corner, you can see a planet that debatably looks like it supports intelligent life !
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