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Friday, April 18, 2014

@NASA discovers earth-like exoplanet Kepler-186f in the Constellation Cygnus - 500 light years is awfully far distance to buy beachfront property

“The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our Planet Earth. Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind's quest to find truly Earth-like worlds”

NASA's Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz in a release on NASA's discovery of the exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting an M dwarf Star Kepler-186 in the Constellation Cygnus

NASA (National Aeronautical Space Administration), on Thursday April 17th 2014, has announced the discovery of an exoplanet about 500 light years away in the Constellation Cygnus. This brings to nine (9) the total number of habitable planets that can potentially support life, with this latest discovery being the first earth-sized planets.

The previous eight (8) being super-Earths, with masses and gravity equivalent to Jupiter or larger, making them uninhabitable as their gravity would crush you to pulp!

What’s so groundbreaking about this discovery is that the Planet is the same size as the Earth and sits at a distance from its sun such that it may support life as we know it as stated in the article “First Earth-size Planet that may hold water confirmed”, published April 17, 2014 11:57 AM PDT by Eric Mack, CNET News and “Earth-Size Planet Where Water Could Exist Discovered”, published April 17, 2014 2:58 p.m. ET By ROBERT LEE HOTZ, Wall Street Journal.

Dubbed Kepler-186f as it’s the fifth planet from its star based on the letter “f”, where “a” is the M dwarf Star Kepler-186 the planet orbits. One year of this Planet's orbit of its M dwarf Star Kepler-186 is a whopping fast 130 Earth days. 

More intriguing, is has the same size as earth and due to its location in the so-called habitable zone, there is also the possibility that it might hold liquid water. It might possibly be frozen water, as it’s on the outer edge of its M dwarf Star Kepler-186 and is the fifth Planet orbiting the Star.

This means it barely gets any Sunlight, making the Star possibly appear to be no bigger than our Moor and the sky appear orange, not blue as predicted in the article “How a sunset might look on Earth's new cousin Kepler-186f”, published April 17, 2014 1:45 PM PDT by Eric Mack, CNET News.

But the warmth generated may mean it has an atmosphere that has moisture and if there’s life, it may be algae in the depths converting Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Oxygen (O2) making life on the Planet possible. That is, assuming it even has a solid surface, as this may be an Ice/water Planet after all.

The discovery was made by analyzing the Data from the Kepler Telescope which was placed in orbit in 2009 on a mission to hunt for exoplanets. This is quite an impressive story, given the fact that the Kepler Telescope has been out of commission since August 2013 as stated in “The Kepler Space Telescope May Be Dead, But Its Planet-Hunting Mission Continues”, published Aug. 16, 2013 By Michael Lemonick, Time Magazine and “Planet-Hunting Days of NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Likely Over”, published August 15, 2013 03:04pm ET by Mike Wall, Senior Writer, Space.

Apparently, the mountain of data collected was so massive that it took awhile to process, at which point the discovery popped out at them based on the orbital data of the Star i.e. it’s wobble due to the gravitational tug of its Planets.

It’s much farther away than the Earth-like habitable Planet called Gliese 581g orbiting its parent star Gliese 581 in the constellation of Libra, which is 20.4 light years away as stated in my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and Daedelus - Avatar and Planet Gliese 581g Next Door”. But at least this is a stronger candidate for life, if the readings from Kepler Telescope are to be believed.

At least it’s not a diamond core Planet as described in my blog article entitled “DARPA HTV-2 and 100-Year Interstellar Travel Research – Diamonds are Forever in the Stars”, which is worth travelling to mine diamonds, should DARPA (Defense and Research Project Agency) decide to build the craft for 100 year Interstellar Travel.

Ditto too Jupiter and Saturn, which researchers Dr. Mona L. Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering in Pasadena, California, and Dr. Kevin H. Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison proclaim based on digging through old Pressure and Temperature Data as stated in my blog article entitled “Dr. Mona L. Delitsky and Dr. Kevin H.Baines research indicates it rains Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter - Mining Rihanna's Diamonds in the Sky to make Dismond Starships”.

Also hoping that they eventually get the Kepler Telescope repaired so we can spot some more Planets as stated in “Will NASA's Ailing Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Get New Mission?”, published January 08, 2014 06:55am ET By Miriam Kramer, Staff Writer, Space!

So congratulation is in order for the NASA Team. Hoping to hear more information about this Planet, especially how we can get there, as 500 light years is an awfully far distance to travel to buy beachfront property. 
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