A team of scientists pouring over the data, from the crippled Kepler spacecraft, have found two more potential Earth-like planets about 1,200 light years from here.
What makes the two Kepler-62 planets interesting is that they are in the same system.
Kepler-62 has five total planets (that we have found) with 62e and 62f being in the “Goldilocks” zone. The habitable zone is area in a planetary system where the surface temperature of a planet could allow for liquid water. Not too hot, not too cold, just right.
Depending on the size, type and composition of the sun in any planetary system, the habitable zone can be farther out, or closer in. So there are a lot of possible variations of the habitable zone.
At least that is how the theory goes. If you are looking for life similar to what exists on Earth, you search for similarities. That isn’t to say that the infinite diversity of the Universe couldn’t produce other forms of life, we just wouldn’t know what we were looking for, so, for now, we are looking for other, similar planets to Earth. The habitable zone also applies to the galaxy as well. Too close to the center, there is too much radiation for life as we know it, to exist. There may even be a Universal habitable zone, or cluster habitable zone, it is too early to tell.
If this keeps up, Kepler may rival its cousin Hubble for the amount of new discoveries.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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