NASA Kepler Discovers Possible New Earth-like Planet

NASA Kepler Discovers Possible New Earth-like Planet

NASA has announced that as they peaked through an insurmountable light years of stars and planets, they found a possible planet that’s very similar to Earth, especially in how it operates in relation to its sun, and the length of year. NASA reports that the planet appears to be about 60% larger than Earth but shares a very similar structure. This larger Earth also has a larger sun too, capping out at about 4% larger in size with a 10% brighter index. This planet appears to orbit the larger and brighter sun by about 20 days longer than we do our own.

Miriam Kramer of Mashable reports, “‘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. ‘That’s substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life [to] exist on this planet.’” So this second Earth is also perhaps 6 billion years older than us as well. The sun is about 1.5 billion years older. There’s no telling how the planet survived, or any possible inhabitants for that matter, for 4.5 billion years without a sun. Perhaps they had an older one that died out?

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It’s possible that the planet is going through a bit of a eco-crisis, much like our own planet but in a much more drastic sense. Kramer writes, “It’s possible that the planet is going through a “runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history” because of its location relative to its star, according to Doug Caldwell, a SETI Institute scientist working with NASA Kepler The planet’s potential oceans might be evaporating because of this effect, Caldwell said in a statement.” If we are to take this planet as a mirrored example of our own, then it’s possible we might should consider taking even better care of our planet than we are now, lest we someday see our oceans begin evaporating. It’s scary to even think about, but it’s good news that we can see a slight preview of things to come if we were to continue treating our planet the way we do.

No word on whether there’s any living life forms on this planet, but we can rest assured that once technology becomes available, man will attempt to travel to this planet for further exploration.

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