The planet is a relatively large natural body that revolves in Orbit around the sun and around some stars and it is not radiating energy from internal nuclear fusion reactions.
Astronomers have uncovered a potentially habitable Earth-sized exoplanet 300 light-years away from us.
Between 2009 and 2018, NASA has discovered 2681 exoplanets, but this one is the most similar in size, and potentially temperature, to our planet, according to a new study.
What is an exoplanet?
An exoplanet or extrasolar planets is a planet found outside the solar system. This planet orbit the stars outside our solar system.
The planet, which is being referred to as Kepler-1649c, is 1.06 times larger than Earth and receives about 75% the amount of light that Earth gets from the sun. This invariably suggests that its surface temperature is similar to Earth.
The planet is located in a habitable zone of its star and is in a perfect distance where liquid water exists on the surface.
Do you know what this suggests?
It suggests that human life could survive there!
“This intriguing, distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth lies among the stars, waiting to be found,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
Note the meaning of specific keywords for better understanding
The third planet from the sun known to harbor life, is called Earth. It orbits the sun in 365.256 solar days.
A regular and repeating path that one object in space takes around another one is called Orbit. The object in Orbit is called a satellite.
Exoplanet: Exoplanet or extrasolar planets is a planet found outside the solar system. This planet orbit the stars outside our solar system.
Astronomers is a scientist in the field of astronomy who focuses their studies on a specific question or field outside the scope of Earth
Light year: a unit of astronomical distance equivalent to the distance that light travels in a year which is nearly six million million miles
If, after this discovery, the second Earth is found, what do you think would happen?