A chain of recent discoveries helped a team of scientists discover what might be the most Earth-like, possibly habitable exoplanet to date.
About The Planet
The planet is known as TOI-700d, and it’s nearly the same size and mass as our planet, and, in a scientific premiere, orbits within its host star’s habitable zone.
The data comes from a pair of papers posted in The Astrophysical Journal that took and refined information from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite to inspect the remote star system, which might lead to the discovery of an adequate candidate for Earth 2.0.
The team of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researchers suggests that the planet might have a livable atmosphere and climate, and water on its surface. They published that hypothesis in a third paper in The Astrophysical Journal.
For the moment, that part remains mostly as speculation. As the planet is located roughly 102 light-years away, it’s hard to tell if there are signs of clouds or other details specific to the current technology atmosphere.
However, even if the planet doesn’t have breathable air, it would still be the closest science ever got to discovering a potentially livable world.
Unfortunately, the scientists said that no space mission from the current plan would be able to get a clearer picture of the exoplanet than they already did.
Instead, it appears that it would require a targeted, designated mission to discover if there is air and water on TOI 700 d, but due to the distance relative to our planet, that will likely not happen for some time.