Astronomers Discovered another Earth

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered an Earth-like planet circling a nearby star within the Goldilocks zone of our galaxy. Kepler-186f is around 500 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation. The habitable zone, also identified as the Goldilocks zone, is the area around a star within which planetary-mass objects with enough atmospheric pressure can sustain liquid water at their surfaces.


While it has been projected that there are at least 40 billion Earth-sized planets circling in our Milky Way Galaxy, this specific finding is labelled the first Earth-sized planet to be discovered in the habitable zone of another star.

What does this mean?












In addition to Kepler-186f, there are 4 other planets that circle a nearby star within the Kepler-186f system. What this means is that if the neighbouring star to this planet is just like our Sun, then the likelihood of life on this planet exponentially increases.


“We know of only one planet where life survives – Earth. When we hunt for life outside our solar system, we emphasis on discovering planets with features that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published in the journal Science. “Discovering a habitable zone planet similar to Earth in size is a major breakthrough.”




The neighboring star to Kepler-186f has half the mass and size as our solar system’s Sun and only gets one-third of the energy that we get from our Sun. Kepler-186f circles its star once every 130 days.

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  1. Old news... Apr 17, 2014
    https://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/kepler-186f-the-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone

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  2. I will be so happy if this new planet has the possibility of life. I want to be one of firsts to go there and be a farmer... hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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    1. Yeah, if we could go the speed of light, which we can't, it would still take 500 years to get there. It would be like Christopher Columbus setting sail from Spain in 1492 and his descendants landing in the West Indies in 1992.

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    2. Imagine that. There would have been a lot less death and destruction.

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    3. We more then have the ability to travel at or faster then light the tech is there and we have it we just dont publish it or mention it as the governments of the world want to control us same thing with aliens

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    4. Now I understand why you are unknown.... for your information .... us humans .. even though we talk a lot about warp engines and stuff like that ... we barely reached MACH 3... we have no Warp capable Designs ... we have wet dreams with them, we try tirelessly to invent it .. but because of the theory of relativity, the Famous E = mc^2 our current equations say that it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to the speed of light, in other words the closer you get to the speed of light the more energy you need to accelerate further ...

      Why don't people check the facts before making a conspiracy ... you don't believe what they tell you.. fine do your own experiment .. at least the flat earth society is raising money to make a space craft to prove to everyone and to themselves that the earth is indeed flat or not .... That's the way to go... don't believe that water is H2O .. fine get a microscope(or any other instrument) and check for yourself before affirming that everyone lies and nothing is true .. and bigfoot is real .. and he is santa Claus ....

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    5. To be fair, mach 3 in space has been surpased with some ease but yes, regarding the speed of light you are perfectly correct. Mach 3 in the atmosphere is only difficult because of air resistance.

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  3. even if there were life of any sorts, it would take 500 years for one way signal at the speed of light and another 500 years to get one back if they answer right away and this is assuming its intelligent life,

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    1. Even if they procrastinate for a few days before replying, none of us will be around to rejoice their message. Not even our great grandchildren.

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  4. I Still have some Green Shield stamps, do you think I could cash them in there. ??? If they do I'll put my name down as one of the first exploring pioneers to go where no man (person) has gone before...... NB. I will need two weeks notice though otherwise my boss will not keep my job open.

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  5. MIGHT BE SOME GOLD AND OIL UP THERE ADVENTURERS??? GO FOR IT!

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  6. We might not get there any time soon but it's a good candidate at which to point various types of telescopes. Relatively advanced life forms might have been emitting radio (for example) for a long enough time for them to be detected.

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