An international group of scientists, analyzing the data of the Kepler telescope, has discovered a potentially habitable planet very similar to Earth. It is 300 light years from us in the constellation Cygnus, according to The Astrophysical Journal.
The planet was named Kepler-1649c. It is only 1.06 times larger than the Earth’s and receives about the same light from its star host. This means that the temperature can be similar to the earth.
However, Kepler-1649c revolves around a red dwarf – this type of stars can produce short but strong flash, capable of destroying all life in the immediate vicinity. It makes a complete revolution for 19.5 days.
Scientists have noted that do not know much about the planet. For example, does it have the atmosphere of what it is composition and how it affects climate. But this object is very important for studies of potentially habitable worlds.
Some of the other planets can be more Earth-like in size (TRAPPIST-1f) or climatic conditions (TOI 700d). But only Kepler-1649c close to our planet on both levels and also located in the habitable zone of their system.
“This intriguing distant world gives us more hope that the second the Earth rotates the stars, waiting for her to find,” said the authors of scientific work.
Earlier it was reported that astronomers found the first planet outside the disk of the milky Way. It is located at 5870 light years from the galactic plane.