Scientists Discover Earth-Size Planets

Scientists have discovered the first planets that are similar in size to the Earth, located 950 light years away. Rocky like the Earth rather than gaseous, the two planets orbit a star much like the sun, but so quickly and closely that their surfaces stay at incredibly high temperatures. “They’re way too hot to be anything like our own Earth,” one MIT planet hunter said. The planets are named Kepler 20e and Kepler 20f after the Kepler telescope, through which they were first seen. Scientists said that because of their heat, there was little chance anything like life as we know it would be able to survive on the new planets.