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Mysterious ‘Super-Earth’ planet ‘most likely’ candidate to host life – but there is a big problem

An artist’s concept of the alien planet Kepler-452b, the first near Earth-size alien planet discovered in the habitable zone of a sunlike star. NASA unveiled the exoplanet discovery on 23 July 2015.

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A “Super-Earth” planet that’s one-and-a-half times the size of our own has emerged as the most likely candidate for supporting extraterrestrial life.

There is only one problem: Kepler-452b, as it’s known, is located outside the boundaries of our solar system, but preferably more than 1400 light years away from us.

Discovered in 2015, the planet is located slap bang in the middle of a recently-spotted “abiogenesis zone”, which is in the possession of the right conditions for life to be created, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

This region of the solar system contains the ideal mix of uv light and chemical reactions to usher in the beginning of life.

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