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