NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone around a sun like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small planets is very exciting news regarding astrophysics research.
The newfound planet, called Kepler was a historic discovery of the first truly Earth-sized planet, found in the habitable zone around stars. Scientists think that there may be life in this planet and that it also is a planet with proper conditions for people to live on. Current theories suggest it is made out of rock. As Slate’s Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait, who was part of the Hubble Space Telescope team with NASA tells us that it could be a barren rock, or a fecund water world, or even something weird we haven’t even imagined yet.
What can such a discovery mean to us? Can this planet have the same temperature and all other conditions similar to earth? Scientists believe that this planet could be a second home to people. Not everything may be similar to our planet’s, but it is quite like earth. This confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zones of other stars and signals a significant step toward finding a world that may be the same or very similar to Earth.
This seems very interesting and I believe that finding another planet like earth would present us with many advantages. It could be good because we may find other life forms or aliens or different kinds of creatures. In my opinion we should find a way to watch or even visit this planet. Not only for the lives that we may find there but even as a future home.