Telescope "Kepler" found three potentially habitable exoplanet


20/04/2013

New data from the telescope "Kepler", allowed American astronomers detected in the constellation Lyra - a small constellation of the northern hemisphere - three extrasolar planets on which life can exist.

In the Ames Research Center (California) reported that features at least two objects are very similar to the Earth. "It is, in particular, about the planets’ Kepler-62f" and "Kepler-62e", - said the representative of the center. - The first dimension greater than 1.4 times the Earth, while the second, larger, greater than 1.6 times our planet. " "We suspect that on the planets of water may be present, most likely, vast global ocean that never freezes." Space objects are located at a distance of 1,200 light-years from Earth.

Another Planet "Kepler-69si" - the largest of the three open objects, by the scientists, "and may support life." All the planets in orbit independent system "Kepler-62", in the central part of the "habitable zone."

"On the possible presence of life on these planets we talk so far only in theory, further exciting discoveries lie ahead, as is already evident many features similar to the Earth. Specifically, this refers to the object" Kepler-62e, "- said the representative of center. Sent telescope images of Earth-like planets, but highly diffuse and muted colors. " "Among other things, the objects around her hot star turn at a fairly safe distance, which also allows for the possibility of the existence of conditions for life. First observations give evidence of the presence of a certain similarity of the atmosphere," - said the expert.

Of all the planets warmest, according to scientists is "Kepler-62e", since it was recorded formations resembling in appearance cloud. On the "Kepler 62f" may be a "greenhouse effect", while it is much colder Earth, yet potentially suitable for life.

Apparatus "Kepler" $ 600 million, was launched into space in March 2009. The telescope was the first "astronomical tool," NASA, having the ability to detect planets that are similar in size to Earth, which are within or near the habitats of their stars.


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