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First Earth-Size Planet Is Discovered in Another Star's "Habitable Zone"

17 April 2014 — A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery was made with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. The discovery of this Earth-size planet, now named Kepler-186f, confirms -- for the first time -- that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our Sun.

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Schaak Named DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry (17 January 2014)

Bjørnstad Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (16 January 2014)

Booker Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (16 January 2014)

Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy (16 January 2014)

A Course in Metric Geometry Wins Prize for Mathematical Exposition (16 January 2014)

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