Gorgeous concept art of newly-discovered "Earth 2.0" planet

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What would it look like on the surface of Kepler-22b, the planet that NASA today called "the most Earthlike planet yet discovered"? Science artist Ron Miller offers these visions of a planet that could be home to future human colonies.

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Bathed in water, with streams of clouds covering the view of its many sister planets, Kepler-22b might be as beautiful as our home world. It's twice the size of Earth, and inhabits its star system's "goldilocks zone" where liquid water can exist and it's not too hot or cold for life as we know it. You can learn more about Kepler-22b here.

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Illustration for article titled Gorgeous concept art of newly-discovered Earth 2.0 planet
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God could you imagine being the first to colonize a new world? It would be wonderful and terrifying at the same time.

I hope when my son is grown and has grandkids maybe they will be able to reach these far away worlds.