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A New Home Away from Home?



NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located the first Earth-sized exoplanet in the famed “Goldilocks’s Zone” – that is, the planet’s orbit resides in a habitable zone where conditions are neither too hot nor not too cold for water to exist on the surface .  Considered more of an “Earth-cousin” than an “Earth-Twin” (according to scientist researcher Thomas Barclay), Kepler-186f orbits a red dwarf in the constellation Cygnus.  Scientists predict the surface to be rocky and light on the planet at its brightest resembled light from our sun at sunset.  Still, the possibility for life exists.

(Artist’s rendition of exoplanet Kepler-186f. Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

NASA hopes future mission like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope to make further observations of the planet.

Read more at NASA’s site

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.