NASA scientists have found Earth s twin orbiting a star similar to the Sun and in the Milky Way. NASA researchers said it would feel a great deal like home on Kepler 452b. The new find Kepler 452b has been given the nickname Earth 2.0 and is six billion year old, has a year that is 385 days long and orbits its own star at the same distance Earth orbits the sun. It is just 1,400 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation.
[caption id=attachment_8342 align=aligncenter width=620] This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle[/caption]
The surface is believed to be very rocky with volcanoes that are active and so similar to Earth that NASA believes it is possible that at one time life inhabited the planet.
NASA scientists said the sunshine on the planet is some much similar to Earth that plants would survive if transported to Kepler 452b.
Dr. Daniel Brown an expert in astronomy from the UK said the find is fascinating because Earth 2.0 receives the same intensity of light and spectrum as Earth does, which means plants from Earth could live there if it had its own atmosphere and were rocky. The astronomer went as far as saying one could even tan there like on Earth.
However due to it being 1.5 billion year older than Earth, scientists said it shows what Earth possibly would look light in the future, when it reaches its point of not being habitable any longer.
Kepler spacecraft has searched for any signs of new worlds that are outside our solar system since its launch in May of 2009.
Thursday NASA made an announcement that they located 500 possibly new planets, which adds to the 4.175 that have already been found through telescopes. Only 12 of that total were considered Earth-like.
However, Kepler 452b is just the first of those 12 to be called a planet and NASA indicated it was the closest in similarities to Earth that has been seen to date.
Its size is 60% larger than Earth in diameter and it has been called the super-Earth-sized planet.