• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

Scientists May Have Found New Earth-Like Planet That 'Could Host Alien Life'

Published 
| Last updated 

Scientists May Have Found New Earth-Like Planet That 'Could Host Alien Life'

Scientists may have found extraterrestrial life in space after discovering a new star and planet that they say are the 'mirror image' of Earth and the Sun.

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen say that the star and planet (Kepler-160 and KOI-456.04, respectively, if you want to call them by their full titles) are the most similar to our Sun-Earth system than any other they currently know about.

Although they are around 3,000 light-years away, it's thought they could potentially support human life.

The planet is about double the size of Earth, but according to the study, it orbits its star at a distance that could potentially allow life to exist.

Advert
Planet Earth. Credit: NASA
Planet Earth. Credit: NASA

Its sun is a red dwarf star that has a temperature of about 5,200 degrees, which is just 300 degrees less than ours.

Giving us further sci-fi vibes, the team also believes that it may have had about twice as much time as Earth to form and evolve.

Other planets have also been found orbiting the star, some of which are also believed to be potentially habitable - imagine living in a solar system where other nearby planets also have life. Mind = blown.

Advert

The other two planets have similarly catchy names - Kepler-160b and Kepler-160c.

Leader of the study, Dr René Heller, said: "Our improvement is particularly important in the search for small, Earth-sized planets.

"Our analysis suggests that Kepler-160 is orbited not by two but by a total of four planets."

Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA
Advert

Dr Heller continued: "KOI-456.01 is relatively large compared to many other planets that are considered potentially habitable.

"But it's the combination of this less-than-double the size of the Earth planet and its solar type host star that make it so special and familiar."

Scientists also believe KOI-456.04 could have surface water, like Earth.

Although the study does give hope in the search for other life in space, researchers have also pointed out that there's a possibility it could all have been an error in measurement as opposed to an actual planet.

Advert

Talk about false hope.

The reasearchers say that they're 85 percent sure that KOI-456.01 is a planet, but in order for it to be named a formal planet, it needs 99 percent certainty.

More research is being done, with the aim of it being given planet status.

Featured Image Credit: NASA

Topics: Science, space

Amelia Ward
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Airline To Install World-First Bunk Bed In Economy For Long-Haul Flights

2 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Entertainment

Celebrity Juice Axed After 14 Years On Air

2 hours ago