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New Earth Like Planet

Imagine if one day we found a new Earth like planet out there in the universe. Well, imagine no longer because that day has come. On the 5th December 2011 NASA confirmed that this new Earth like planet, named Kepler 22B, does exist and is about 600 light years away from Earth. Kepler 22B is about two and half times the size of planet Earth and has an Orbit around it's own, sun like star, that takes 290 days. This sun/ star is similar to the sun in our solar system - known as a G-Type - but it is a little cooler. Kepler 22B is the first planet that NASA has confirmed that actually lies in the habitual zone. A habitual zone is the area around a sun (star) in which the planet orbits, that most likely is to contain liquid water.

Kepler 22B was discovered by NASAs Kepler planet telescope. With a temperature of 22 degrees Celcius - this new Earth like planet would be great to live on - if only we could get there!! 600 light years is a long, long, long way away.

The Kepler telescope works by fixating itself on one section of the sky. It looks so intensely at about 150, 000 stars, that it can see when a planet moves in front of one star. It does this by measuring the amount of light given off by each star. If there is a reduction in the amount of light that the telescope receives from that star - it presumes that this may be a planet. When a planet is suspected Kepler waits a total of three times (or orbits) before it 'confirms' the new planet.

The Kepler telescope may have also discovered two other new planets on the outer reaches of this habitual zone, but these are yet to be confirmed. These two planets are thought to be similar to Mars and Venus.

Scientists are still unsure as to whether this new earth like planet - Kepler 22B is made up of a gas, liquid or rock composition but they say that it is that small step closer to finding other new earth like planets. Kepler program Scientist Mr. Douglas Hudgins from NASA headquarters in Washington was quoted as saying that 'this is a major milestone on the road to finding earths twin.'

The discovery of this new earth like planet just goes to show the importance of space missions such as NASA's. Although we won't be traveling, living or working abroad on Kepler anytime soon, it is nice to know that there may be another planet out there that is like our own. It is okay to get excited about this new earth like planet - but imagine how excited we would get if we find a new kind of life there as well. Maybe one day we will be the aliens invading a new world.

Living working and traveling abroad may take on a whole new meaning.


Street Talk

Yeah - Thanks Adam - get into some Stephen Hawking - he has some really interesting stuff on the Universe

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  about 6 years ago

Lots of interesting questions posed. I just got to thinking about the idea of "one day we will be the aliens invading a new world." I think this actually begs the question what is alien? And why do we feel like we need such a term in the first place? I think a big part of it, is our wish as people of developed countries to distinguish ourselves from the feared unknown. Thanks for the article and have a wonderful day!

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  about 7 years ago
Alex W  

Very interesting to wonder what else we can find out there?? Cool article, thanks

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks again Alex!

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  about 7 years ago
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