Kepler Finds Earth-Like Planet. Signs of Life on Kepler-452b? Is this Keplearth?

With an ultra-cool mission of boldly going where no man (-made craft) has gone before to hunt for planets, NASA’s Kepler mission has found the first near-Earth sized planet in the “habital zone” around a star like our sun.

 Credits: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Credits: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Although I’m not impressed with the name they’ve given it, Kepler-452b (Keplearth would be way better) is the smallest planet to be found orbiting in this type of zone, which is the area around a star where water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. Kepler-452b is about 60% larger than Earth.

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The Sun is a G-type main-sequence star (G2V) based on spectral class and it is informally referred to as a yellow dwarf.

The type of star Kepler-452b orbits is called a G2-type star, just like our own Sun (presumably with more standard options than  previous G versions). The Sun Kepler-452b orbits is older, bigger and brighter than our own Sun.

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Lesson from Khan: Keeping track of those you exile makes good sense.

Since Kepler launched in 2009, it has found 4,696 planet candidates. The discovery of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. 12 of the planets found by Kepler so far are near-Earth size.

The obvious question is: are there any signs of life on this new planet?

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that there is no intelligent life on Kepler-452b. So maybe it would be better to save the name Keplearth for a more habitable planet.

Then again, nobody expected to find Khan on Ceti Alpha V. And we all know how that turned out…


Source: Youtube / The Kepler Telescope Channel

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