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Kepler-22b: The Newly-Discovered Planet that May Support Life

Category: General News
Posted: December 6, 2011 06:17AM
Author: edwardquilo


A newfound planet called the Kepler-22b is an alien world that's almost like our own planet Earth. Confirmed by NASA's deep-space exploring Kepler spaceship and discovered by the Kepler space telescope, scientists believe the planet's surface lies close to an agreeable temperature of 72 degrees. Kepler-22b resides in the habitable zone of its host star, which makes it an ideal distance to support the existence of liquid water. While the Kepler-22b is 600 light years away and its radius 2.4 times bigger compared to Earth, its star bears a resemblance to our solar system's sun. "We're getting closer and closer to discovering the so-called 'Goldilocks' planet," says NASA director Pete Worden. Two promising planet discoveries were made previously, although these were later disputed, as both were eventually declared unfit for sustaining life. With the Kepler-22b's just-right temperatures though, this discovery marks an important step in what could be the confirmation of possible extra-terrestrial life. 



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t0asty on December 6, 2011 10:28AM
That planet might not even exist anymore if I remember my astronomy correctly. The image they saw took 600 years to reach us, so they are actually seeing a 600 year old image of that planet. Still cool though. I belive there has to be life outside of Earth seeing how we are such a tiny spec in an infinately large universe.
scorpain on December 6, 2011 01:21PM
1 Light Year is just under 10 trillion kilometres WHICH MEANS THAT, this planet is 5,672,552,973,292,800 kilomiters away. The top speed of the Veyrom Bugatti is 408.47Km per hour. So: In this car it would take 13887318464741.11 Hours to drive there (If we could). Which is truly awesome!
t0asty on December 6, 2011 02:38PM
or a measly 1,588,938,039 years... Road Trip?
Comp Dude2 on December 7, 2011 11:31AM
A whole planet will hardly disappear in 600 years
scorpain on December 8, 2011 02:08PM
being able to travel, freeze time and growth inside a veyron with some sort of cool boosters NO NO NO what am i saying, a customized, all type american 18 wheeled truck, yeah, indoor gym swimming pool, amazing tv screens, internet to reach earth still for the journey, powerfull camera...... or wife and kids..... take your pick ;)

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