As scientists study the Horizon’s newly found planet, more similarities arise between the Earth and exoplanet Kepler 452b. The celestial body was in fact nicknamed “Earth 2.0” as recent images have revealed that the planed has all the necessary conditions to hold extraterrestrial life.
NASA’s experts will pay increasing attention to this newly found planet in the following period as they have all the reasons to believe it can support life. New Horizon has recently captured very close images of this planet revealing us its location within the close proximity of a Sun-like planet.
According to space experts, Kepler 452b is located at 1,400 light years away, in the Cygnus constellation, so more advanced telescopes would have to be used in order to get a clearer view of the planet’s surface. Kepler-452, the sun-like planet in its proximity, is much larger, hotter and older than our own Sun, based on the data collected from the recent photos.
By studying the movements of the two planets, scientists have concluded that Kepler 452b accomplishes a 385-day revolving cycle around the planet, much like our yearly 365-day cycle. Earth’s twin is larger than our planet, too; New Horizon indicates that it could be five times larger than the Earth from our solar system.
The scientific facts stop here, so this is where the suppositions begin. Some scientists claim the planet has a rocky surface, but given its dense atmosphere water most certainly exists underneath its surface. By summing these two factors up, water and rocky surface, it is obvious that Kepler 452b represents an ideal place for extraterrestrial life.
Even though there is much information left to be discovered, the idea of living on an Earth-like planet has got scientists wondering what it would be to live on the distant exoplanet. Their calculations have revealed that NASA would first have to build an advanced spacecraft capable of travelling very long distances and even so, the project seems impossible to attain.
By using the fastest spacecraft available, the Juno probe, NASA has estimated that humans would need 11 million years to get to Kepler 452b with the travelling speed of 86,000 miles per hour. They have, thus, given up all hopes of sending human missions on the exoplanet in the near future.
There is one thing that the space administration will, nevertheless, do and that is: continue to investigate the planet’s surface using New Horizons and other advanced space telescopes.
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