EARTH-LIKE PLANET Kepler 22-B Full Article/Report NASA
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Full Article at: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-12/kepler-team-confirms-first-earth-planet-habitable-zone-and-finds-1094-more-worlds
NASA makes a striking discovery and finds Earths Twin it is 2.4x Bigger then Planet Earth and is right in the habit Zone where all plants and living objects could live with room temp like ours and clouds like ours we might have found LIFE! and its only 600Light years away!
it takes 28,000years to travel 1 light year so it would approx take 16,800,000 Years to travel with NASA's fastest technology at this time on earth! If we can somehow Travel at the speed of light which was reported impossible by Eisenstein Time would in fact slow down and begin to stretch then stop almost as you are teleporting.
The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard to find place that's not too hot, not too cold, where water, which is essential for life, doesn't freeze or boil. And it has a shopping mall-like surface temperature of near 72 degrees (22 degrees Celsius), scientists say.
The planet's confirmation was announced by NASA along with other discoveries by its Kepler telescope, which was launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009.
That's the first planet confirmed in the habitable zone for Kepler, which had already found Earth-like rocky planets elsewhere. Twice before astronomers have announced a planet found in that zone, but neither have been as promising.
"This is a phenomenal discovery in the course of human history," Geoff Marcy of University of California, Berkeley, one of the pioneers of planet-hunting outside our solar system, said in an email. "This discovery shows that we Homo sapiens are straining our reach into the universe to find planets that remind us of home. We are almost there."
The new planet - named Kepler-22b - has key aspects it shares with Earth. It circles a star that could be the twin of our sun and at just about the same distance. The planet's year of 290 days is even close to ours. It likely has water and rock.
The only trouble is the planet's a bit big for life to exist on the surface. The planet is about 2.4 times the size of Earth. It could be more like the gas-and-liquid Neptune with only a rocky core and mostly ocean.
So far the Kepler telescope has spotted 2,326 candidate planets outside our solar system with 139 of them potentially habitable ones. Even though the confirmed Kepler-22b is a bit big, it is still smaller than most of the other candidates. It is closest to Earth in size, temperature and star than either of the two previously announced planets in the zone.
The planet is 600 light years away. Each light year is 5.9 trillion miles. It would take a space shuttle about 22 million years to get there