Exciting news from outside our solar system. The Kepler telescope has detected a planet orbiting in the habitable zone of its (earth like) star. The planet (kepler 22-b) is roughly 2.4 times the size of earth and scientists estimate the average surface temperature would be about 72 degrees. Here is a article from Space.com that gives more detail.
This is really cool news. Kepler has been active for a year and a half and has already identified over 2,000 planet candidates. Many of these still need to be confirmed and many don’t exist in habitable zones. None the less, it means that there are potentially billions of planets out there for us to explore and some day (sigh…why not NOW!) colonize.
Less exciting is if one of these planets contains our future alien overlords.