Kepler-62f – Distant Exoplanet Could Sustain Life

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Kepler-62f, shown here in an artist’s rendering, is far enough from its star that its atmosphere would need a high concentration of carbon dioxide to maintain liquid water on the planet’s surface. NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

In 2013, University of Washington astronomer Eric Agol and his colleagues announced they had discovered perhaps the most Earth-like planet yet using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.

The planet, known as Kepler-62f, is located about 1,200 light-years from Earth and is the outermost of five planets orbiting a star that is smaller and cooler than the sun.

Because there was insufficient data on the planet’s composition, atmosphere, or the shape of its orbit, experts were unsure if the planet was potentially habitable. Therefore, a team of researchers decided to dig a little deeper to find out if the planet could indeed support life.

Read my article on STEAMRegister.com to learn more.

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