As of the 23rd of July, NASA announced their Kepler telescope has found a planet with similar conditions to Earth.
The planet has been named Kepler 452b but with the nickname of ‘Earth 2.0’. A NASA team have worked with gelogists to determine the makeup of Kepler 452b and have come back with some interesting results. Due to its size the planet could be akin to rocky Earth or be like Neptune, a gas ball.
The planet has 385 days in a year which is small difference to our 365 days. Earth 2.0s star, Kepler 452, has been reported to be over a billion years older than our sun. Jon Jenkins of the Kepler data analysis team has said that it is possible that the planet has life on it or at least had life on it some time in the past.
“We can think of Kepler-452b as an older bigger cousin to Earth, providing an opportunity to understand and reflect upon Earth’s evolving environment.” Jon Jenkins said.
What if we’re not alone in the universe? If Kepler 452b really does have similar conditions to Earth then the possibility of life existing on it might mean a discovery that will change mankind forever.