Scientists spot ‘one in a million’ super-Earth Wish we could go for a visit.

Kepler-62f, a small habitable zone worldEnlarge Image

This artist’s concept depicts Kepler-62f, a different super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.

NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech

Toward the center of our galaxy, in a star system far away, is a planet with features that remind us of home.

Astronomers at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC) discovered a particularly rare super-Earth. “The new planet is among only a handful of extra-solar planets that have been detected with both sizes and orbits close to that of Earth,” said UC in a release on Monday.

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