Kepler-22b, Another Earth Like Planet

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Kepler-22b is an Earth like planet orbiting the star Kepler-22. It is approximately 600 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. It was discovered by Nasa’s Kepler telescope and was the first known planet located in the habitable zone of its Star. Habitable in the sense of life as we know it. Will we ever have the technology to get there? If the human race survives long enough I think we will…monkey and the typewriter!

The habitable zone of a Sun-like star has also been dubbed the “Goldilocks zone”, this is the orbital band where temperatures are just right to allow the existence of surface liquid water. This means that Kepler-22b could have continents and oceans just like the Earth. Scientists believe Kepler-22b may not only be habitable, but possibly even inhabited as where there is liquid water, there could also be life.

What is Kepler-22b? Understanding Earth's New Twin
What is Kepler-22b? Understanding Earth’s New Twin

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