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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! Earth is so cool and over the years astronomers have been searching relentlessly through the cosmos for any planet that can match its coolness [literally]. Astronomers have ACTUALLY been looking for other planets that can match the temperature of the earth. A couple similar planets were reportedly found but the latest find has the astronomy circles jumping about in their stations.

Meet Kepler 186f. It is an earth-like planet which is maybe 10% bigger than our planet and thought to be in the not-too-hot and not-too-cold range that would make water and life possible. The planet is about 490 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, and it circles a red dwarf star. One year on Kepler 186f is about 130 days.

"This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found," says a Berkeley astronomer not involved with the discovery. "The results are absolutely rock solid." 

"One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Kepler scientist Tom Barclay tells Space.com. This one largely fits the bill. "So, while it's not an Earth twin, it is perhaps an Earth cousin."

There could be life on Kepler 186f but there's going to be a long road to confirmation. But it's a fact that if just one life form is found in space then it will completely transfer the idea of alien life from science fiction to reality. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.