Thursday, October 4, 2007

Earth-Like Planet Forming on Our Doorstep

Future astronomers--and maybe space explorers--may have a front-row seat to watch the development of a new Earth. The discovery of a potential Earth-like planet in the making is exciting scientific news.

Too bad we don't have a webcam watching--yet.

Snuggled into a huge belt of warm dust, an Earth-like planet appears to be forming some 424 light-years away, scientists said Wednesday.

At somewhere between 10 and 16 million years old, the planet's solar system is still in its "very young adolescence," but is at the perfect age for forming Earth-like planets, said lead researcher Carey Lisse of Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory.

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