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WATCH LIVE @ 8 pm ET Saturday: Slooh Webcast on 'Earth Cousin' Exoplanet Kepler-452b

Earth's 'Cousin' Exoplanet, Kepler-452b
The artist's illustration compares Earth (left) to the newly discovered planet, Kepler-452b, which measures about 60 percent larger. Image released July 23, 2015.
CREDIT: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

The Slooh Community Observatory will host a webcast Saturday (July 25) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Sunday) to discuss the discovery of Kepler-452b, which NASA officials say is the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found.

The webcast will be hosted by Slooh's Will Gater, who will chat with Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California. You can watch the event live via Slooh at http://www.slooh.com/, or in the window below:

"The discovery of Kepler-452b is another exciting step forward in our hunt for a planet that’s just like our own," Gater said in a statement. "With the help of exoplanet experts, we’ll be tackling some of the intriguing questions about this alien world live on the show. How did astronomers find it? How much do we know about it? And what do we need to learn about an exoplanet’s structure and composition before we can say that we’ve actually found another Earth? Tune in to find out!"

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