It’s like Earth — only 17 times more massive.

On Monday, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said they had identified a new type of planet previously unknown to science. The “mega-Earth,” as it has been dubbed, shares several similarities with our planet, possibly including the potential to support life.

This is the Godzilla of Earths!” Dimitar Sasselov, an astronomer at the center and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, said in a written statement. “But unlike the movie monster, Kepler-10c has positive implications for life.”

Located about 560 light-years from Earth, Kepler-10c is a rocky planet with a diameter of 18,000 miles (as compared to Earth’s 8,000-mile diameter). But what makes the planet so special is its mass.

An artist’s illustration of the newly discovered mega-Earth, Kepler-10c, with its sister planet, Kepler-10b, in the background. (Image credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/David Aguilar)

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