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Kepler-186f is more habitable than we thought


Posted on Monday, 2 July, 2018 | Comment icon 14 comments

Could Kepler-186f be a habitable, Earth-like world ? Image Credit: NASA
An extrasolar world 500 light years away could be the most promising place yet to look for alien life.
In a recent study, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology used computer simulations to analyze the planet's spin-axis dynamics and to determine how much its tilt changes over time.

The findings indicated that Kepler-186f's tilt is actually stable like that of the Earth, meaning that it has seasons and climates, just like our own planet does.

Discovered back in 2014, this intriguing extrasolar world is also situated in its star's habitable zone, meaning that the temperature is 'just right' for liquid water to pool on its surface.

As a possible place to look for alien life, it is certainly a tantalizing target for future observations.

"Our study is among the first to investigate climate stability of exoplanets and adds to the growing understanding of these potentially habitable nearby worlds," said study leader Gongjie Li.

"I don't think we understand enough about the origin of life to rule out the possibility of their presence on planets with irregular seasons," co-author Yutong Shan added. "Even on Earth, life is remarkably diverse and has shown incredible resilience in extraordinarily hostile environments."

"But a climatically stable planet might be a more comfortable place to start."

Source: Russia Today | Comments (14)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 on 2 July, 2018, 18:27
Like Venus.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tom the Photon on 2 July, 2018, 19:20
Phone them up, see if they reply.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 2 July, 2018, 19:31
I don't think we could at all. Yet. But, if technology advances enough, we at least now know one great place to look. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by AllPossible on 2 July, 2018, 20:49
The issue is that yes we can see into the past with our telescopes but too reach a solar system 500 miles away would mean to aim a radio telescope at that planet & send every signal possible. Afterwards when they recieve the signal in 500+ years we will have destroyed ourselves & they will have the space exploration technology to come & conquer us like planet of the apes reversed
Comment icon #9 Posted by kobolds on 24 July, 2018, 0:09
without stargate , its useless but even if we have stargate we still need people travel there to built post  which traveling will take generations
Comment icon #10 Posted by Tatetopa on 24 July, 2018, 2:20
Oxygen atmosphere?
Comment icon #11 Posted by MWoo7 on 13 August, 2018, 15:03
I thought it was 4*2b kepler or whatever dangiT!!!!!!!! make up your mind!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 August, 2018, 18:01
What are you talking about?
Comment icon #13 Posted by MWoo7 on 13 August, 2018, 18:07
Nice.     Humour.  Seems like it was this Kepler nope, its now this other one.... wasn't it the other day the Kepler 452b was the latest greatest likely habitable planet? Just making light.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 August, 2018, 18:09
Ah, that special kind of really funny humour.


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