THIS IS JUST IN!
NASA just announced that they just discovered another “Earth” that can be inhabited by humans. And yes, it’s almost identical to earth except on some minor details!
Welcome Kepler-452b, a planet that orbits another “sun” similar to our big bright sun. Just like his little sister(err, cousin?), he had almost the same distance from the heating star. He’s 60% bigger than our little Earth (more room for people, huh?) and he orbits around his sun for 385 days (because he doesn’t really want to celebrate New Year that quick!)
Kepler-452b was found during NASA’s Kepler hunt, and they were completely surprised and excited about this. This is mainly because Kepler-452b is the closest thing to our planet, for now. And it only means that there are probably more planets very much related to this one that could eventually serve as our possible 2nd home in the future.
NASA added that 452b is older than earth by a whopping 1.5 billion years! Yep, it’s like Earth but with another dinosaur era. This is the very reason why a lot of scientists treat 452b as Earth’s older cousin.
But for those people that are pretty much excited about this new planet, we have to burst your bubbles. We won’t be able to inhabit this biggie, yet. Why? It is mainly because it is located 1,400 light-years away from our planet. So if you’re really planning on immediate backpacking, then you have to hold on it first.
Is there another planet that we could inhabit in case Earth explodes (or dies?) Are there any life forms that we should contact with? For now, all we have is the Kepler-452b. It only shows that there are still planets out there that can hold life. There are planets out there that can be our home in the future.
But one thing is for sure, we are still far from discovering the endlessness of our solar system!