For hundreds of years civilizations on earth have long wondered if there could be life on another planet. Only the thought of not being the only habitable planet sends a spectacular chill up your spine. The moment has come! NASA broke the news on 23rd July early morning that scientists working with the Kepler mission have found an Earth-like planet, Kepler-452b about 1,400 light years away from us, a planet people are calling Earth 2.0.
NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star which is 1.5 billion years older than our Sun. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is about 60% larger than Earth and takes 385 days for a complete revolution orbiting in the habitable zone – the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet – of a G2-type star, like our sun. This exoplanet caught by Kepler Space Telescope resembles Earth more closely than ever before. Researchers working with the Kepler mission suspect that Kepler 452b is a potentially rocky world with a thick atmosphere that may contain water.
This Earth’s twin receives about 10 percent more light than Earth currently does and in the next 1.5 billion years, Earth will receive the same amount of sunlight. This means, Kepler-452b is Earth’s older cousin!
“It’s awe-inspiring to consider that this planet has spent 6 billion years in the habitable zone of its star; longer than Earth,” Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said in a NASA statement.
(Video by NASA’s Ames Research Centre)
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