It’s Official: Astronomers Have Discovered another Earth - Beyond The World

It’s Official: Astronomers Have Discovered another Earth

Within our galaxy’s Goldilocks zone, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope identified an Earth-like planet around a nearby star. In the Cygnus constellation, Kepler-186f is around 500 light-years away from Earth. The habitable zone, also known as the Goldilocks zone, is the region of space around a star where planetary-mass objects with sufficient atmospheric pressure can sustain liquid water on their surfaces.

While it is estimated that there are at least 40 billion Earth-sized planets surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy, this discovery has been dubbed the first Earth-sized planet identified in another star’s habitable zone.

“We know of only one planet where life survives – Earth. When we hunt for life outside our solar system, we emphasis on discovering planets with features that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published in the journal Science. “Discovering a habitable zone planet similar to Earth in size is a major breakthrough.”

Within the Kepler-186f system, there are four more planets that orbit a neighboring star in addition to Kepler-186f. This indicates that if the planet’s neighboring star is identical to our Sun, the chances of life on this planet increase tremendously.

Kepler-186f’s neighboring star is half the mass and size of our solar system’s Sun, and it receives a third of the radiation that our Sun does. Every 130 days, Kepler-186f circles its star.

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Larry
Larry
7 months ago

Exciting

Frotus
Frotus
7 months ago

If you’re going to publish a technical article your author should have a concept of what they’re writing about. Fail

Rob Perry
Rob Perry
7 months ago

What an interesting finding! Sooner or later we must and will find some other planet supporting sentient beings! I hope it’s soon!

Sayed Faruk
Sayed Faruk
Reply to  Rob Perry
7 months ago

As we have an opportunity to make the Moon as a human living home so why should we go mission impossible not to except the great opportunity.

Warren Thompson
Warren Thompson
7 months ago

What a great find.some day we will go to Kepler 186f to explore. That would be great.

Simon
Simon
7 months ago

500 light-years away from Earth, that means the images we see are 500 years ago !

Jamal
Jamal
7 months ago

They do discovery but forget the creator of it.

May Almighty open their mind

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