Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have found the first Earth size planet with a star that is close enough to it, that may allow water to pool on the surface. The discovery of Kepler-186f shows that planets the size of Earth exist and have stars that can make it livable.
“The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.”
The size of Kepler-186f is known, its mass and composition are not. But previous research would suggest that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is likely to be rocky.
“We know of just one planet where life exists — Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and lead author of the paper published in the journal Science.
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