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NASA: First earth-sized planet in a distant star’s habitable zone – may sustain life

NASA: First earth-sized planet in a distant star’s habitable zone – may sustain life

Earth is no longer the only known planet in the Universe that resides in the “goldilocks” zone, according to a discovery made by NASA.

Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in its “habitable zone,” a place where liquid water and surface temperatures similar to our own planet.

The new planet, called Kepler 186f, is the first planet NASA has confirmed to be both Earth-sized and orbiting in its star’s habitable zone. Continue reading

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