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A planet more like Earth than any yet discovered has been identified as a potential future home for mankind.

天文学家最新发现了一颗被认为是迄今为止和地球最为相像的行星,而且被视为可能成为人类未来的居住地。

Kepler 22b contains both land and water and has temperatures which average around 72 degrees (22 Celsius).

这颗名为“开普勒22b”的行星包含陆地和水,平均气温在72度(22摄氏度)左右。

It also contains the right atmosphere to potentially support life.

该行星还拥有能维持生命的大气。

It is, however, 600 light years from Earth.

不过,这颗行星距离地球长达600光年。

The planet, where a year lasts 290 days, was first spotted two years ago.

这一行星两年前被首次发现,该行星上的一年为290天。

However, Nasa scientists using the agency’s Kepler space telescope have now concluded that it offers the best hope yet for future human habitation outside the Solar System.

现在,美国宇航局的科学家用宇航局的开普勒太空望远镜勘测后得出结论,称这一行星是太阳系以外最有希望成为未来人类居住地的星球。

One of the key criteria for a planet to be habitable is that it remains roughly the right distance from its main star to be neither too cold nor too hot.

一颗行星是否宜居的关键标准之一是和主恒星的距离要适当,既不过冷,也不过热。

This range of ideal temperatures is known to scientists as the “Goldilocks” zone, as the temperature is “just right” for life.

这一理想温度的范围被科学家称作“金凤花区”,这一温度区域对生命“正合适”。

Bill Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA Ames Research Centre, said: “We have now got good planet confirmation with Kepler 22b.

美国宇航局艾姆斯研究中心的开普勒项目负责人比尔•伯鲁奇说:“我们现在已经证实‘开普勒22b’适合居住。”

“We are certain that it is in the habitable zone and if it has a surface it ought to have a nice temperature.”

“我们确定该行星位于宜居区域内,如果这一行星有地表的话,温度会很适中。”

There are now three planets outside the system, known as exoplanets, which experts believe could potentially be colonised by future generations.

目前太阳系外有三颗“系外行星”被专家认为人类未来可能移居。

 
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