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Scientists Discover Another Earth!


NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope recently discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star within the habitable zone of our galaxy. Kepler-186f is approximately 500 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.

Scientists Discover Another EarthThe habitable zone, also known as the Goldilocks zone, is the region around a star within which planetary-mass objects with sufficient atmospheric pressure can support liquid water at their surfaces. While it has been estimated that there are at least 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in our Milky Way Galaxy, this particular discovery is labeled the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone of another star.

Scientists Discover Another Earth

What does this mean?

In addition to Kepler-186f, there are 4 other planets that orbit a nearby star within the Kepler-186f system. What this means is that if the nearby star to this planet is similar to our Sun, then the probability of life on this planet exponentially rises.

“We know of just one planet where life exists – Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science. “Finding a habitable zone planet comparable to Earth in size is a major step forward.”

The nearby star to Kepler-186f has half the mass and size as our solar system’s Sun and only receives one-third of the energy that we receive from our Sun. Kepler-186f orbits its star once every 130 days.

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Kemba Walker to have knee surgery

The Hornets announced Monday that Kemba Walkerwill undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

The team said in a press release that a timeline for his recovery will be determined following surgery on Wednesday in New York.

Walker, 24, flew to New York to have a second opinion on his knee. The Hornets say that Dr. David Altchek confirmed team orthopedic physician Marcus Cook’s previous diagnosis, although the team previously only listed Walker as having a cyst on the knee.

It’s possible the surgery could end Walker’s season.

According to Dr. Calin Moucha, the associate chief of joint replacement surgery for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, the range of recovery time for a player with that type of injury is typically between four weeks to six months depending on the location and configuration of the tear.

Moucha, who is not performing the surgery, said if the meniscus simply needs to be debrided — or cleaned out — Walker would likely be back in four to six weeks. However, if the meniscus needs to be repaired, Moucha said Walker could miss five to six months.

The fourth-year point guard is Charlotte’s leading scorer this season, averaging 18.8 points per game and is tied for sixth in the NBA in assists per turnover ratio (3.1).

Walker has averaged 23 points in last his 21 games, and scored 20 or more points in 14 of those contests.

Coach Steve Clifford said after Monday’s practice that if Walker is out any length of time it would be a “significant hit” to the Hornets.

“He’s been by far our best player,” Clifford said. “You see it every year, every team. The Cavs without LeBron (James). Oklahoma City without (Kevin) Durant. … It always starts at the top of your roster and that’s why most teams that are winning have a superstar. He’s playing at a real high level.”

The 6-foot-1 Walker has missed three of the team’s last five games with the knee issue.

Brian Roberts will continue to start in his place.

Roberts started 42 games last year for New Orleans and led the Hornets with 17 points in a 76-71 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Walker is just part of the team’s injury problems.

The Hornets also announced Monday center Bismack Biyombo has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee and will miss about 10 days and forward Marvin Williams has a broken nose and a concussion.

Both Biyombo and Williams were injured in the win over New York.

Biyombo took over as the temporary starter after Al Jefferson injured his groin. He’ll be reevaluated in 10 days.

Williams took an elbow to the face against the Knicks and did not return. He cannot return to practice or game action until he passes the NBA concussion protocol.

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