NASA Astronomers Discovers 104 New Planets, Life Can Potentially Exist In 2 Of Them

27 July 2016 7:02 AM GMT
NASA Astronomers Discovers 104 New Planets, Life Can Potentially Exist In 2 Of Them
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Potential life in another planet
In a new development, an international team of astronomers from NASA has discovered and confirmed the existence of 104 planets outside the solar system we live. In this latest discovery, out of 104 planets, four are rocky planets and the team has confirmed that two of them can potentially contain life. All the planets have been discovered by the NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission.


Another star, another life?
The four planets orbit around a dwarf star, and the two potentially life containing planets — K2-72c and K2-72e — lie in the habitable zone around the star, where there is a big possibility of availability of water. They are 20-50% bigger than the size of earth and contain rock, which led the astronomers to believe that life can exist in those planets. There are several differences between Earth and these two planets. These planets take 15-23 Earth days to finish their orbits, whereas the temperatures are 10% warmer and 6% cooler than Earth. These planets are located 181 light-years away from Earth in the Aquarius constellation.

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