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Chance of finding Earth-like planets near, scientists say

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Astronomers say we could be just four to five years away from answering the question "Are we alone in the universe?"

At the annual American Astronomical Society conference this week, a top NASA official and other leading scientists say the world is close to taking more steps towards the discovery of an Earth-like planet, something scientists say could be "an incredible special place in history."

If preliminary hints from NASA's new Kepler telescope and a wealth of new research pan out, finding a planet close to the size of Earth could even be found sometime in 2010.

According to scientists, most research say despite the violence of exploding stars and colliding galaxies, there is a good chance that quiet planets like Earth, where life could develop, do exist.

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