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Topic - Xavier Dumusque
European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.
Part of the problem is that the star is so close and so bright _ though not as bright as the sun _ that it made it harder to look for planets, said study lead author Xavier Dumusque of the Geneva Observatory.
Because of the mass of the planet, it's likely a rocky surface like Earth, Dumusque said.