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NASA update: 'Earth-like' exoplanet over 300 light-years away discovered
Space agencies all over the world are on the hunt for alien life as they continue their space missions. US agency NASA, has recently discovered an exoplanet over 300 light-years away that is very similar to Earth.
Express reports that data from NASA’s now-retired Kepler telescope revealed an exoplanet 300 light-years away from Earth, which also shares several similarities and thus could potentially support life. The exoplanet is now referred to as Kepler-1649c and the agency has predicted that the exoplanet is the most similar to Earth in terms of size as well as temperature, but receives only 75 percent of light levels.
According to NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen, “This intriguing, distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth lies among the stars, waiting to be found. The data gathered by missions like Kepler and our Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will continue to yield amazing discoveries as the science community refines its abilities to look for promising planets year after year.”
Despite the conditions appearing to be suitable for life, the exoplanet orbits around a red dwarf star that produces dangerous amounts of solar radiation through its flares. Scientists have yet to determine what the atmosphere is like on the said exoplanet, and thus further tests need to be done. But, astronomers were able to determine that a year on this exoplanet is equivalent to 19.5 Earth days.
According to researcher Andrew Vandenburg of the University of Texas, “Out of all the mislabeled planets, we’ve recovered, this one’s particularly exciting - not just because it’s in the habitable zone and Earth-size, but because of how it might interact with this neighboring planet.”
Previously, NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted a multi-armed galaxy as it traveled through space. The galaxy, known as NGC 2273, has several spirals within several more spirals, known as “pseudorings” according to NASA and is over 95 million light-years away from Earth.
“At first glance, the subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image looks to be a simple spiral galaxy, with two pinwheeling arms emerging from a central bar of stars and material that cuts through the galactic center,” said the agency.