S-Words – NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Earth’s ‘Cousin’

From The Huffington Post

NASA scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet some 1,400 light-years away orbiting a star similar to the sun, they revealed during a press conference Thursday morning. The newfound planet, named Kepler-452b, is the smallest planet yet discovered orbiting the habitable zone of a G2-type star, like our sun.  Of the1,030 planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission, this one is the most similar to Earth.

Image courtesy of The Huffington Post

The mass and composition of Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter than Earth is still unknown, but it is likely a rocky world. The planet is about 5 percent farther from its parent star than Earth is from the sun.  The planet’s host star, named Kepler-452, appears to be 1.5 billion years older than our sun, at 6 billion years old. It has the same temperature as our sun and is about 20 percent brighter and 10 percent larger in diameter.

The Kepler-452 solar system is located 1,400 light-years away from ours in the constellation Cygnus.

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kepler-telescope-finds-earth-20_55b11569e4b07af29d57b19b

 

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

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