If you love news about exoplanets and all the firsts we seem to witness, get ready for another.  For the first time, Astronomers believe they have found an Earth-like planet , named Kepler-452b, with a Sun-like star’s Habitable zone.

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The new planet – known as Kepler-452b, named after the telescope that found it – has a diameter a mere 1.6 times the Earth’s and orbits it’s Sun (Keplar-452) in 385 days.

The planet’s orbit is just 5 percent farther from it’s Sun than Earth’s,

Kepler-452b
An Artist’s depiction of Kepler-452b

putting it directly in the habitable (or so-called Goldilocks) zone.

This means that liquid water – and then theoretically life – can easily occur.  However, at 1,400 light years away from Earth, Keplar-452b is too far away to learn much more about it.

kepler-452b and the Goldilocks Zone

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