It is a serious problem in an age where we are looking for signs of life beyond Earth. But, scientifically, it’s interesting. Unsurprisingly, this is the way we think about the natural world and the way we tend to ask questions surrounded by our incredible guesswork.
One of the earliest discoveries of an Earth-like planet orbiting a star similar to the sun occurred 3,000 light years away. The terrestrial planet was named “Planet KOI-456.04”. This planet is considered Earth-like for a number of reasons, such as:
- Its sunroof, a Kepler-160, is a similar distance away, and its orbit takes about 378 days to complete its rotation.
- Receives 93% of light, the same amount the Earth needs to get sunlight.
- When Kepler-160 was compared to Earth, it was found to be similar to ours in terms of mass and radius.
Scientists believe they have discovered that terrestrial planets near the sun have the ability to sustain life.
Despite earlier discovery of terrestrial planets, how is this discovery different?
Most discovered planets in the past have occurred around red dwarfs, which is why they are unlikely to be hosts to habitable planets. Consider that they even emit high energy radiation and flashes, making it difficult to sustain any life. Planet KOI-456.04 is the fourth planet to orbit the Kepler 160, according to a research paper published earlier this month in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
How was this discovery made?
Conclusions about the discovery were only made after examining data collected by NASA for the planet KOI-456.04. This happened during the completion of a mission – a mission to study the brightness of stars using algorithms to study Kepler, Kepler-160. The study was led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) along with other researchers at UC Santa Cruz and NASA.
Outlays were discovered while searching for stellar paths, according to a technical report from MIT. Therefore, two other planets – Kepler-160b and Kepler-160c – from the Kepler-160 system were detected using the same method.
But this method is best for discovering planets that rotate around the red stars.
It is concluded after confirming that the object occasionally decreases in brightness as it passes in front of the star. However, this method was used to discover two other planets – Kepler-160b and Kepler-160c.
Yellow dwarfs are said to be more suitable for life support than red dwarfs.
Kepler-160 has been studied by the Kepler mission for nearly four years because of its very similar factors to the sun, with a surface temperature of 5,200 degrees Celsius, 300 degrees colder than the sun, and a radius of solar radius 1.1.
In short, KOI-456.04 is located in a region with a stellar habitable zone at a distance around a star with liquid surface water, as it would on a terrestrial planet.