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NASA Kepler Space Telescope Finds 17 New Exoplanets

The US space agency NASA Kepler Space Telescope has discovered 17 new planets in its four-year mission. One of the earth-dwelling habitable planets ‘KIC-7340288B’ also included. All these planets have found in such ‘possible life zones’ of stars, where stony asteroids are likely to get water in liquid form. In this research published in Astronomical Journal, this planet named ‘KIC-7340288B’ is one and a half times larger than the Earth in size.

KIC-7340288B Is Present In The Habitable Area

The shape of ‘KIC-7340288B’ is suitable for considering it as a rocky planet. If it were more prominent, it would have feared to be like the giant gaseous planets of the solar system. The Earth located in one such Habitat Zone (potentially habitable zone) of stars. It is also called the Goldilocks Zone. Its distance is one thousand light-years from here. So, we have no chance of reaching there in the coming few years. But it is exciting to know that so far, only 15 small planets confirmed by the data obtained from the Kepler satellite.

NASA Kepler Space Telescope Launch In 2009

Kepler launched in 2009 and relieved in October 2018. According to researcher Michel Kunimoto of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, his discovered Earth-like planet, i.e., ‘KIC-7340288B’, has only 142.5 days a year. It rotates in 0.444 Astronomical Units (AU) in its star orbit. AU the distance between the Earth and our Sun. On this scale, planets with the potential for life searched.

Two-Thirds The Size Of The Planet

This orbit of the new planet is similar to the realm of the planet Mercury in the solar system. It gets only two-thirds of the light to receive by the Sun from the Earth. Of the other 16 newly discovered planets, the smallest world is only two-thirds the size of Earth. The rest of the world is up to eight times the size of Earth. Kunimoto, who discovered an Earth-like planet, discovered four planets while graduating at UBC. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at UBC. He says he made this discovery from the transit method.

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