Back in October 2018, NASA’s Kepler space telescope ran out of fuel – this was happening nine years after surveying the wider cosmos, while searching for alien worlds.
During the mission, Kepler discovered more than 2,600 weird and exciting exoplanets.
About two years after retiring, Kepler is the mission that continues to give new info. Experts are reportedly reexamining some old Kepler data and found that an exoplanet that is the most similar to Earth in terms of size and temperature and orbits within the star’s habitable zone.
The discovery was revealed this month, and it gets us closer to finding some other habitable worlds outside of the Solar System.
This discovery was detailed in a paper that’s been published in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The newly discovered exoplanet is called Kepler-1649c, and it has about the same size as our planet.
It is only 1.06 times larger than Earth and may have similar temperatures considering the fact that it gets 75% of the amount of light that Earth receives from the Sun.
Experts discovered 4,000 exoplanets so far
Experts have discovered about 4,000 exoplanets so far, and some of them have been closer to the size of our own planet, and others had similar temperatures.
But it’s worth noting that none of them have been this close to Earth in regards to both these elements, according to the latest reposts coming from Inverse.com.
“This intriguing, distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth lies among the stars, waiting to be found,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, stated as quoted by the website mentioned above.
Kepler-1649c is also relatively close, as it’s located at about 300 lightyears away from Earth.
There are still a few things to consider before packing our bags, according to experts. For instance, they are not too sure about the exoplanet’s atmosphere and this could affect the temperatures and potential to host human life.
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