NASA Announces the Discovery of a “Second” Earth

NASA Announces the Discovery of a “Second” Earth

A new breakthrough in space observation has been announced by NASA. It’s the discovery of an exoplanet that is only 1.06 times larger than Earth and would have a similar temperature. This new “intriguing” world is located 300 light years from our planet.
A team of transatlantic scientists has discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting the habitable zone of its star, NASA reported in a statement on April 15th. These include the area around a star in which a rocky planet can keep water in a liquid state.

Researchers spotted this planet, called Kepler-1649c, by analyzing old data obtained from NASA’s Kepler space telescope which completed its mission in 2018.

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Of all the exoplanets found by Kepler, this distant world located 300 light years from Earth is the most similar to our planet in estimated size and temperature.

“This intriguing and distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth is among the stars, waiting to be discovered,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the direction of NASA’s scientific missions in Washington.

According to him, the data collected by missions like Kepler will continue to produce “astonishing discoveries”.

This new planet is only 1.06 times larger than Earth. The amount of stellar light it receives from its host star is equal to 75% of that which Earth receives from our Sun. This means that the temperature of the exoplanet can also be similar to that of our planet, say the researchers.

However, unlike Earth, this planet orbits a red dwarf. Although none have been observed in this system, this type of star is known for its stellar surges which can make the environment of a planet difficult for all potential life.