Kepler-186f Welcome to Potentially Earth 2.0

Kepler-186f Welcome to Potentially Earth 2.0

Kepler 186f exoplanet like earth.jpg


Kepler has done it. The space craft that was sent to look for exoplanets appears to have found an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its parent star. The habitable zone is a zone around a star that a planet could harbour surface liquid water. Plenty of planets have been found already in the habitable zone of distant stars but this is the first one to be Earth sized. Unfortunately, the new Earth is a long way out being 500 light years away. It orbits a planet with four other planets that are known about. This planet’s Sun is a red dwarf and due to the position of the planet from this star the Sun would appear like our sunset at midday on the exoplanet. Now we know that planets like ours can exist in the habitable zone of distant stars the hunt is on to find more.


To learn more:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-119&rn=news.xml&rst=4114


Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

Find more Astronomy News


 Privacy policy and cookies | Disclaimer | Contact Us | Credits | Resources | Site Map © LearnAstronomyHQ.com 2012-2014