Scientists found almost eight new Earth sized planets through NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Theses extrasolar planets are located near the zone of their host stars. Two of these planets have a striking resemblance with Earth.
Researchers of Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have named these planets as Kepler-438b and Kepler-442 b. The two planets move around the red dwarf stars that are relatively cooler as compared to the sun. It signifies that the temperature of the area near these stars is extremely suitable for the existence of water.
Kepler 438b travels around its stars in 35 days, whereas Kepler-442b completes its orbit in a time period of 112 days. The particular time duration of rotation is quite similar to the Earth. However, sun provides comparatively more light to Kepler 438b than Earth.
In the report, Astronomers declares a novel influx of around 554 planets. The total number of planets in the solar system becomes 4,175, after the inclusion of theses planets. Thus far, scientists have verified the presence of minimum 1,000 planets.
Douglas Cladwell, a prominent member of the Kelper research team states that astronomers have incredibly ascended up the verification process of these small, Earth-like planets with the help of Kepler.
The outcome of the study is presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting. The discovery is explained in detail in Astrophysical Journal.