default | grid-3 | grid-2

Post per Page

Astronomers find the Most Earth-like Planet orbiting the most Sun-like star EVER

An international team of astronomers has discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet which is more similar to Earth in size and orbit than any planet found before.

Dubbed KOI-456.04, the planet is located just over 3,000 light-years away from the solar system orbiting its parent star, named Kepler-160, close enough there could even be liquid water on the planet’s surface.

KOI-456.04 sits in a region of the stellar habitable zone — the distance range around a star admitting liquid surface water on an Earth-like planet — that is comparable to the Earth’s position around the Sun,said the scientists in a statement.

Kepler-160, is G-type main-sequence star (G2V) — like our sun — sits 3,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. It has a surface temperature of 5,200 °C and a very Sun-like luminosity, mass and radius — it is an astrophysical portrayal of our parent star. Kepler-160 is accompanied by three or even four exoplanets, including the Earth-like KOI-456.04.

Back in 2010, astronomers discovered two massive exoplanets Kepler-160b and c orbiting very close to the star (Kepler-160). Kepler-160 b is a super Earth with a mass of 2.99 Earths and it orbits every 4.3 days its star at a distance of 0.05 AU. On the other hand, Kepler-160c is a Neptune-like exoplanet with a mass of 12.7 Earths and it takes 13.7 days to complete one orbit, sitting at 0.109 AU away from its star. The founding was announced in 2014.

No comments

Error Page Image

Error Page Image

Oooops.... Could not find it!!!

The page you were looking for, could not be found. You may have typed the address incorrectly or you may have used an outdated link.

Go to Homepage