NASA’s Kepler telescope keeps offering up discoveries, despite the fact it was retired in 2018, and the latest is an “Earth-like” exoplanet which could support the conditions for life. The planet has been named Kepler-1649c and is located more than 300 light-years away.
Data from Kepler revealed it could be similar in conditions to Earth, and NASA has revealed what living on the surface of Kepler-1649c might look like.
An artist’s illustration shows a lake full of liquid with the star the planet orbits setting in the distance.
The drawing also shows clouds, which suggests that NASA is confident the planet has an atmosphere.
However, whether that atmosphere could home life will require further studies.
NASA said: “Scientists discovered this planet, called Kepler-1649c, when looking through old observations from Kepler, which the agency retired in 2018. While previous searches with a computer algorithm misidentified it, researchers reviewing Kepler data took a second look at the signature and recognized it as a planet.
“Out of all the exoplanets found by Kepler, this distant world – located 300 light-years from Earth – is most similar to Earth in size and estimated temperature.
“This artist’s illustration shows what Kepler-1649c could look like from its surface.”
Despite its staggering distance from Earth, with one light year being around 5.88 trillion miles, NASA has deduced it is the “most similar to Earth in size and estimated temperature” that Kepler has spotted.
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