Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

This quick TED talk entry is courtesy of TED.com. Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). Preliminary results show that they have found 706 “candidates” — some of which further research may prove to be planets with Earth-like geochemical characteristics.

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