NASA Discovers an Earth-like Planet

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:44

In their search for a potentially habitable planet in the Milky Way, NASA (America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has discovered an earth-like planet, which probably has liquid water on its surface.

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On July 23rd,  NASA scientists announced that this newly-discovered planet is 1400 light-years away from the Earth and is located within the constellation Cygnus.

Researchers have named this new planet “Kepler 425b” and believe that it is the Earth’s bigger, older cousin.

In comparison to the Earth, Kepler 425b is 60 percent larger in diameter and its distance from its sun within its own solar system is as much as the Earth’s distance from the Sun. The scientists have not provided any further details about this planet yet. It is guessed that it does not have a flat surface.

Kepler 425b orbits its sun every 385 days, compared with the Earth which orbits the Sun every 365 days. According to NASA, Kepler 425b’s sun is 6 billion years old. It is 1.5 billion years older and 20 percent brighter than the Sun.

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