A NASA mission has uncovered an earth-like planet within a livable zone.
NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the presence of a plant nearly the size of Earth in a “habitable zone” in proximity to a sun-like star. Within the astronomy community, it’s considered breakthrough.
After NASA made a statement regarding the discovery of other potentially habitable planets within the livable zone, scientists revealed their new encounter.
The zone is defined as being a planet located within a star’s region–a G2-type star–where liquid water could collect on the planet’s surface. The plant known as Kepler-452b, is determined to be the smallest found orbiting in livable zone thus far.
John Grunsfeld, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said, “On the 20th anniversary year of the discovery that proved other suns host planets, the Kepler exoplanet explorer has discovered a planet and star which most closely resemble the Earth and our Sun”.
Kepler-452b was described as having a 60% larger diameter and theorized to be a mega-sized Earth. So far, the planet’s mass, geography, and atmospheric composition haven’t been measured but other planets that are sizeable to Kepler-452b are usually found to be rocky.
It has a 385-day orbit, 5% longer than Earth’s. Additionally, Kepler-452b is 5% further from its Sun than Earth is too ours.
Source: NYC Today