Kepler discovered second Earth




Kepler discovered second Earth


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the space observatory Kepler has discovered two new solar system, which includes three planets the size of Earth. The latter are the so-called “habitable zone” where the surface temperature of the planets for the presence there of water in liquid form. But only one of them closest to the size of the world all previously detected planets .

Kepler was launched in 2009 to search for planets around stars. During this time, the telescope has found 2,740 candidates for the title of exoplanets, of which these were found only 122. Planets, NASA announced in a press conference, is the latest discovery in the Kepler-62, located at a distance of 1,200 light-years from Earth, and Kepler-69, the distance to which is 2700 light years away. Both belong to the constellation Lyra.


Kepler-62 is a dwarf star the size of two-thirds and one-fifth of the brightness of the sun. It is two billion years older than our star. According to currently available information, around Kepler-62 rotates five planets, two of which are located at a distance that allows for the presence of water on them in liquid form. The other three are so much closer to the star, which encircle her for 12 and 18 days. This makes them unsuitable for life.

By the planets in the habitable zone of Kepler-62 are Kepler-62e (60 percent larger than Earth) and Kepler-62f, which winds its way through the star orbit for 267 days. The small size of the latter (40 per cent more of the planet), making it the most accurate copy of the Earth today.

Kepler spacecraft has on board spectrographic equipment, he can only determine the size and orbit of the planet. However, based on previous studies NASA has suggested that Kepler-62f has a rather rocky rather than gaseous structure.


The system is a dwarf star with two open today planets, 69b and 69c. Given the category of the star (spectral class G – like the sun), it can be assumed that her planet has a more favorable environment for life than the planets of Kepler-62 system. The size of the dwarf star Kepler-69 is 90 percent of the size of the sun, and the brightness – 80 per cent of the brightness of our star.

The most closely located to the planet Kepler-69 is called Kepler-69b. It is more than double the Earth, but because of too short, the (13 days) has an extremely high surface temperature, which makes it unsuitable for life. In turn, the size of Kepler-69c only 70 percent of the size of the Earth, and one rotation around the star is 242 days. Despite the high degree of similarity of the two stars, 69c may be superveneroy, Earth-but uninhabitable planet. Thus, researchers tend to believe NASA. The atmosphere of Venus, the second planet of the solar system, is composed of carbon dioxide. Pressure on this planet is 92 times greater than the earth.

We know of only one star with a habitable planet. It’s the Sun. Find planets in the habitable zone around a star similar to the Sun, is a great achievement in the search for Earth-like planets – says researcher and member of the project Kepler Thomas of California-Berkeley Research Institute BAYER (Bay Area Environmental Research Institute).

Kepler space observatory every 30 minutes, measures the brightness of more than 150,000 stars, looking between the two planets. The observed luminosity of the star falls, when the planet passes in front of it. By studying the eclipse duration and intensity of the stars, you can determine the amount of “trapped” of the planet. The above-described method of finding exoplanets helped discover a lot of new space objects.


In NASA noted that the search for planets similar to Earth will take some time. For the detection of a replica of the Earth outside the solar system Kepler telescope can take three years.

The spacecraft Kepler, of course, was a rock star in science. The opening of the rocky planets in the habitable zone of bringing us closer to finding a new place to live. This is only a matter of time before we find out how many Earth-like planets exist in the galaxy – John Grunsfeld, associate director of the Office of Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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