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Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home.
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered.
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute.
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]
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13-Year-Old Girl Symbolizes Future of Mongolian Tradition - Asher Svidensky
During a four-month stay in the mountains of western Mongolia, photographer Asher Svidensky captured a stunning collection of images that shed a light on Mongolian girls and their golden eagles. “Berkutchy,” the practice of raising a bird of prey to hunt for food throughout the year, was originally a male-only pursuit, but as more and more men head into the cities, women have taken up the torch. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing bond between species.
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