Meet Kepler 452b: New Candidate for ‘Earth 2’

Kepler-452b. Remember the name of that planet, your grandchildren might live there.

Artist impression of Earth and Kepler 452b. Courtesy NASA.com
Artist impression of Earth and Kepler 452b. Courtesy NASA.com

NASA Scientists have confirmed the existence of an earth sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.

It’s part of the ongoing Kepler Mission, collecting data to identify potential candidates for ‘Earth-2’. 452b is the smallest of the ‘habitable zone’ planets to date, with a 60% larger diameter than Earth and similiar orbital cycles.

The Kepler-452 System is 1400 light years from Earth in the constellation ‘Cygnus’.

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Shows the relative size of Kepler 452b. Courtesy NASA.com

Jon Jenkins is data analysist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, led the team that discovered Kepler-452b. He says:

“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.”

I guess sometimes, the truth is better than Fiction.

For more information, including hi-res photos, check out the NASA article. Meanwhile, we’ve added a prompt to Science Fiction Writing Prompts page in honour of our future home.