Pack up your bags, take a dump on your boss’s keyboard then tell him to go fuck himself, and don’t ever, ever pay another parking ticket, because we’ve got another Earth you can bail to when shit here gets a little too real.
Yesterday, we speculated that NASA would announce they’ve found the most Earth-like planet out there to date. Today, it was confirmed.
Earth 2.0, also know as Kepler-452b, also known as Fuck Yea, Another Earth, was discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, and it has all the right conditions to foster and sustain life. From the BBC:
Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger.
Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.
Such worlds are of interest to astronomers because they might be small and cool enough to host liquid water on their surface – and might therefore be hospitable to life.
Its orbit, as well as its host star, are damn near identical to ours.
Kepler-452b, however, orbits a parent star which belongs to the same class as the Sun: it is just 4% more massive and 10% brighter. Kepler-452b takes 385 days to complete a full circuit of this star, so its orbital period is 5% longer than Earth’s
Kepler 452b’s host is a bit older than ours, though, by about 1.5 billion years. Scientists think it will provide fascinating insight into what may happen as Earth’s sun ages.
“If Kepler-452b is indeed a rocky planet, its location vis-a-vis its star could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history,” explained Dr Doug Caldwell, a Seti Institute scientist working on the Kepler mission.
“The increasing energy from its aging sun might be heating the surface and evaporating any oceans. The water vapour would be lost from the planet forever.”
“Kepler-452b could be experiencing now what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter.”
An artist with SETI provided this rendering of what it might look like right now.
Hey man, I could live there. There are no buildings, but there might be. Or you could build them yourself. People might build statues of you one day. Here’s the Bro who build the buildings.
It’s also right down the road in terms of space, only 1,400 light years away. And this find is just the beginning. In its newest data set, Kepler found 500 more planets, some of which also are believed to fall in the same habitable sone.
Meanwhile, check out the narrow swath Kepler’s focused on.
There’s so much more space out there. So much. I bet there are aliens everywhere.