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Earth-like habitable exo-planet should be found by 2011

Two of the scientists of USA predicted from scientometric analysis that one planet with mass similar to earth should be discovered by 2011 may. They used properties
(Exoplanet in the imagination of artist. Credit: JPL/NASA)
of currently discovered exo-planets to come to a prediction for discovery of first earth like planets. Their prediction matches well with external estimates for the discovery of the first potentially habitable extra-solar planet.

Search for earth-like planets fascinated scientist for long time as these will be potential place to host life outside earth. More than hundreds of extra-solar planets are found in last decade but instrument to search for earth-like extra-solar planet is going to be available only recently.

The draft of the paper can be found from arxiv.

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