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NSW telescope captures Earth-like planet

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016

Australia's Parkes telescope has set eyes on a recently-discovered Earth-like planet as part of an international search for intelligent life in the universe.

The telescope in central west NSW has captured Proxima Centauri, 4.3 million light years away, and the planet has the potential to hold liquid water, the CSIRO says.

Andrew Siemion, the leader of the project Breakthrough Listen, says while there's a "miniscule" chance of finding intelligent life on other planets, "once we knew there was a planet right next door, we had to ask the question".

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