Why is Kepler 452b similar to planet Earth

    Why is Kepler 452b similar to planet Earth

  • 1 Its star is very similar to our Sun

    According to NASA, kepler-452, the star kepler-452b revolves around, has the same temperature, and is 20% brighter, and 10% larger in diameter than our Sun.

  • 2 It lies in the habitable zone of its star

    The habitable zone, according to Wikipedia, is the region around a star within which planetary-mass objects with sufficient atmospheric pressure can support liquid water at their surfaces. Because kepler-452b lies in this zone, life on its surface might be possible.

  • 3 Its diameter is 60% bigger than Earth

    kepler-452b's diameter is not much larger than Earth. It's just 60% larger than planet Earth.

  • 4 There is a high possibility that it's rocky

    According to John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s mission directorate, this is the first possibly rocky, habitable planet around a solar-type star.

  • 5 It orbits a start similar to our Sun

    kepler-452b orbits a star similar to our sun and at about the same distances as Earth orbits the sun.

  • 6 It's the most similar planet to planet Earth found till now

    According to Jon Jenkins, a NASA scientist, it is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody might call home.

  • 7 Its gravity is twice Earth's gravity

    Unlike gravity on many other planets, which is either much bigger or much smaller than earth's gravity, kepler-452b has a gravity that is about twice Earth's gravity.

  • 8 Earth plants might survive there

    Scientists said that the conditions on kepler-452b could be optimal for the survival of plants and thus the possibility of existence of life there is much higher than on other planets.

  • 9 The planet gets a similar amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the Sun

    While kepler-452b is a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the Sun, it still gets an almost similar amount of energy as Earth gets because its star is brighter.

  • 10 The planet almost certainly has an atmosphere

    Jon Jenkins, a Kepler's researcher, said that the planet almost certainly has an atmosphere.

  • 11 A year on kepler-452b is 385 days long

    kepler-452b takes 385 days to rotate around its star. This is very similar to earth's year which is 365 days long.

  • 12 It has been orbiting its star for 6 billion years

    Jenkins said that the fact that kepler-452b has been orbiting its star from about 6 billion years increases the likelihood of life to exist on it.

  • 13 Although similar to the Earth, it's much more similar to the Earth's future state

    Kepler 452B is a much older planet than our Earth and it can be predicted that's how our Earth will look like in 1 billion years from now. The temperatures are very high (around 450 Celsius degrees) and most of the oceans probably already evaporated because of the strong greenhouse effect.