Kepler 452b is an earth-like planet orbiting a sun-like star, Kepler-452, located in the constellation Cygnus. What does this mean? It means that we could inhabit this planet someday in far future. There’s more to it than the similarities mentioned here. Read on for more amazing facts on Kepler 452b planet.
It was discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope
And its discovery was announced by NASA on July 24, 2015. The discovery was made when NASA’s Kepler aircraft was observing stars on its photometer. It observed regular variations in the light coming from a star, indicator and star-planet system. On further observation Kepler 452b’s orbit period of 385 days was established, and eventually the announcement was made in 2015.
It’s 60% larger than the Earth
It is 60% larger than our planet. The star it orbits around is a G-type main sequence star, which is the same type as that of the sun. It is only 4% larger and about 10% brighter than the sun. It is also known as a “Super Earth planet.
Located in Cygnus constellation that is 1,400 light years away
Which means it will take us 1,400 years to reach Kepler 452’s planet system, provided that we travel at the speed of light.
It could have water in liquid state
It is located in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ of its solar system. The Goldilocks Zone is where the temperature is optimum for life to exist and also for water to exist in liquid state.
Its star is 6 billion years old
While the sun is 1.4 billion years younger to it.
Its gravitational pull stronger than Earth’s
The mass of Kepler 452b is estimated to be 5 times that of Earth. It also means that its gravity is twice of that of Earth.
It might have green house gases just like the Earth
Earth as well as Venus in the Solar system experience the greenhouse effect. If it has the the gases and water vapor that cause the greenhouse effect, it will join us in the league.
It is a rocky planet
It matters because only rocky planets are livable.