New Earth-Like Planet Discovered?

New Earth-Like Planet Discovered?

Landon Young, Staff Writer

When reviewing data collected by the Kepler Space Telescope, NASA scientists recognized a planet similar to Earth, Kepler-1649c. It was discovered to be 300 light years away for Earth. It is about 1.06 times the size of Earth making it very similar, mass wise, to Earth. It’s sun is a red dwarf which means it gives off significantly less light than our Sun. However, Kepler-1649c’s orbit is a lot closer to it’s sun than we are; so close in fact, a full orbit around it’s sun is equivalent to about 19.5 Earth days. Kepler-1649c experiences just under 20 orbits in our single orbit around the Sun. 

It has been theorized, with the information currently known about Kepler-1649c that it could have the properties to sustain liquid water. It is also in the habitable zone of it’s sun, meaning it’s temperature, not taking into account the unknown atmospheric conditions, could allow life without it burning up or freezing. Kepler-1649c’s surface has been referred to as a mix between Earth’s and Mars’ surfaces. All of this information together let scientists know of a possibility of life on Kepler-1649. Even if said life was microorganisms, it would lead to massive advances in how we understand our universe.