1200 Light Years Away Earth-Like Planet Kepler 62-F May Support Human Life

Posted: May 30 2016, 8:11am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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1200 Light Years Away Earth-Like Planet Kepler 62-F may Support Human Life
An artist's conception of Kepler-62f, a planet in the 'habitable zone' of a star located about 1,200 light-years from Earth. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
  • Kepler 62-F may be a Planet which can Support Life

A planet which is 1200 light years away and named Kepler 62-f may be able to support life forms.

It is very far away from our “spaceship earth” yet it might just be inhabited by life forms. Kepler 62-f has been spotted by a posse of astronomers. It is in fact 1200 light years away.

Lying close to the constellation Lyra, it is about 40% bigger than our planet. While it probably has a rocky terrain, there is also the possibility of oceans being present on its surface.

The study involved staff that were experts in astrophysics and astronomy. NASA’s Kepler Mission spotted this planet way back in 2013. It lay towards the periphery and was a part of five other planets surrounding a star that was tinier and cooler than our sun.

Yet this mission did not report any unusual features or qualities of Kepler 62-f. A great deal of backbreaking work went into the research which took place later on in a collaborative effort between scientists.

Computer simulations and scenarios were entertained and finally it was decided that this world that was so far away may harbor life.

The planet may have a range of atmospheric conditions which are favorable to the existence of life forms. Especially the presence of water may be the biggest indicator of living creatures the exact forms of which are yet unknown.

At least it is on the list of candidates for harboring life in the expansive terrain of deep space. On our planet, carbon dioxide forms 0.4% of the climate.

This other-planet though probably has much higher concentrations of carbon dioxide due to its distance being farther away from its star than our earth is from the sun.

Liquid water is probably kept from freezing by the high levels of carbon dioxide on this planet. Computer models showed that the climate was probably 12 times as thick as the earth.

As for the carbon dioxide concentrations, they most likely go up to 2500 times the levels found on earth. There may also be many alternative configurations of its orbit.

All the models and simulations offer clues which point to one thing only. This is that the distant planet may be inhabitable. The research was published in an online journal. Most of the research of the scientists show that we may indeed not be alone in the universe.

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