New world found by citizen scientists using NASA telescope

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Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, a group of citizen scientists have found a new world similar to our own. The planet is two times Earth’s size and is within the “habitable” radius of its star, an article from NASA says.

The surface of this new planet, named K2-288Bb, could be rocky or gaseous and is located 226 light-years away from us in the Taurus constellation.

K2-288Bb also orbits a star, like Earth orbits the sun, except its star is one-third of the sun’s mass and size. Its orbital period is 31.3 days, whereas our orbital period around our sun is one year.

Because K2-288Bb is within habitable radius, that means there could be liquid water that exists on the surface. The group that discovered the planet say in their research that follow-up study could tell more about the planet’s formation and evolution.

To read their initial research findings on K2-288Bb, click here.

The Kepler telescope, which according to NASA had been in deep space for nine years collecting data, ran out of fuel for further research in October of 2018 and was retired.

Farewell, planet hunter. Last night, the @NASAKepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth. The “goodnight” commands were sent on the anniversary of the death of the mission’s namesake, Johannes Kepler:

— NASA Kepler and K2 (@NASAKepler) November 16, 2018

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