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Columbia astronomy student traced 17 new planets,inclusive Earth sized World

University of British Columbia astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has traced new planets, inclusive a potentially habitable, Earth sized World, by combing through date accured by NASA's Kepler mission.

Over its original four-year mission, the Kepler satellite explored for planets, especially those that lie in the potentially habitable "Goldilocks Zone" of their stars, where liquid water could exits on a rocky planet's surface.

The researcher disclosed that this planet is just one and a half times the size of the Earth-small enough to be deliberated rocky, instead of the Solar systems, and in the habitable zone of its star.

About the planet - KIC-7340288 b

  • The current invention, published in The Astronomical Journal include one such rare planet,named KIC-7340288 b.
  • This planet is about a thousand light years away, hence we're not getting there anytime soon.
  • The planet has a year that is 142 and a half days long, orbiting its star at 0.444 Astronomical Units(AU, the distance between Earth and the Sun) - just bigger than Mercury's orbit in our solar system.
  • The planet permeats a third of the light that the Earth gets from the Sun.

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