Рейтинг@Mail.ru
Pravda.ru

News » Science

Earth-like, possibly inhabitable planet, discovered

18.04.2014 | Source:

Pravda.Ru

 



Earth-like, possibly inhabitable planet, discovered. 52620.jpeg
AP photo

A group of researchers announced on Thursday that they discovered the most Earth-like planet in the history of studies, reports CBS News. The astounding discovery was made with the help of Kepler telescope.

The planet orbits in the habitable zone of its parent star at a distance of about 500 light-years away from the constellation of Cygnus. The unnamed planet is one of the five worlds orbiting dwarf star Kepler-186f.

The new planet, called Kepler-186f, is approximately the size of the Earth. The planet makes one circle around its star in approximately 130 days, and the planet is located in the so-called "zone of life." This means that in theory, there can be life on the planet.

The scientists, however, do not yet know whether Kepler-186f is a habitable planet, if it has atmosphere and how it is exposed to solar radiation and other space factors. However, currently this is the first exoplanet that possesses a livable size and distance from its star.

Space Telescope Kepler is a NASA astronomy satellite, launched into orbit in 2009. This is the first spacecraft designed specifically to search for planets outside the solar system.


Tired of Earth? Escape to Mars.
 

follow us in feedly



Popular photos


Most popular

NATO's prime objective is to suppress the Russians
NATO's prime objective is to suppress the Russians
The number of NATO drills near Russia's borders has grown from 90-95 to 150 a year. NATO reconnaissance aircraft have started flying 9 times more often. NATO's activities are anti-Russian in their...
Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West
Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West
What is the main problem of the Russian authorities? How should Russia resist to the ongoing pressure from the West? What future can Russia expect? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these...
Система Orphus