Wednesday, April 15, 2020

NASA announced the discovery of planet like the Earth


NASA announced the discovery of planet like the Earth

The fascinating exoplanet is slightly larger than Earth. It receives 75% of the amount of light we get from our own sun, which could put it in line with Earth temperatures as well. The planet was originally misidentified by a computer algorithm, but a team of scientists found it during a review of Kepler data.

Kepler ran out of fuel and went to sleep in 2018, but scientists are still combing through the observations it made during its epic hunt for planets beyond our own solar system. 

Kepler-1649c is located 300 light-years from Earth. NASA described it as the "most similar to Earth in size and estimated temperature" out of the thousands of exoplanets discovered by Kepler. The planet is located in its star's habitable zone, a region where it's possible for liquid water to exist.

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The fascinating exoplanet is slightly larger than Earth. It receives 75% of the amount of light we get from our own sun, which could put it in line with Earth temperatures as well. The planet was originally misidentified by a computer algorithm, but a team of scientists found it during a review of Kepler data.

"This intriguing, distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth lies among the stars, waiting to be found," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.

Don't pack your bags just yet. The exoplanet may look promising, but it's not necessarily going to be Earth 2.0.

Kepler-1649c is in orbit around a red dwarf, a type of star that NASA said "is known for stellar flare-ups that may make a planet's environment challenging for any potential life." The space agency also cautioned that Kepler-1649c's atmosphere is still a mystery and that the size calculations may be off.

NASA's now retired Kepler Space Telescope is the mission that keeps on giving. On Wednesday, NASA announced the discovery of what might be a very Earth-like exoplanet found lurking in old Kepler data.