Earth 2.0

Posted on Monday, 12 December | Comments

Es casi imposible no echar a volar la imaginación con este tipo de noticias: acaban de confirmar la existencia de un planeta con condiciones bastante similares a las que hacen posible la vida en la tierra. Se llama Kepler 22-b y está aproximadamente a 600 años luz de nosotros…

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the “habitable zone” around a star not unlike our own.

The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C.

It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours - an “Earth 2.0”.

However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid.

During the conference at which the result was announced, the Kepler team also said that it had spotted some 1,094 new candidate planets - nearly doubling the telescope’s haul of potential far-flung worlds.

Kepler 22-b was one of 54 exoplanet candidates in habitable zones reported by the Kepler team in February, and is just the first to be formally confirmed using other telescopes…