Like finding a “needle in a haystack”, Nasa has found an earth size plant in the sustainable life zone of the universe. The planet has been named Kepler-186f and is 490 light years away.
In the search for other worldly matters and planets throughout the endless universe, the new discovery of Kepler-186f is the closet thing to inhabitable life to ever be found.
Elisa Quintana of the SETI Department of NASA has said “Finding such planets is a primary goal of the Kepler space telescope”. Quintana also went on to say “This is the first definitive Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone around another star”.
The size of the planet is estimated to be approximately 10% larger then the size of Earth. The distance that Kepler 186f is from its star makes for interesting conversations as to its ability to sustain life as we know it.
The discover, one of 5 others known, gives hope in finding other forms of life in planets throughout the solar system. Several new advancements in telescope technology, especially that of the new Webb Telescope, can and will give more definitive answers to atmospheres and possibly the types of surfaces that each inhabitable planet has.
SETI Institute said in a written announcement on Thursday “On the basis of the observed dimming of starlight from Kepler 186, the authors estimate that this newly discovered planet is roughly the same size as Earth”. Theoretical models and observations by the group tell them likely the new planet has composition of iron, rock and ice, much like Earth does.
Research data from Astronomers at several Universities throughout the U.S. and Europe are using data from Kepler and have already estimated that there could be as many as 10 billion Earth-size planets in the Milky Way Galaxy alone.