Experts indicate that the K2-288Bb, discovered by the already inactive Kepler space telescope, could be rich in gas or rock.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that the new potentially habitable exoplanet discovered by city scientists, K2-288Bb, could contain water on its surface, the agency reported on Monday.
The new planet, which is almost twice the size of the Earth, is located in the constellation of Taurus – about 226 light years away from us – and is located inside the living area of its star, which means it can contain liquid water.
"It's a very exciting discovery for how it was found, its temperate orbit and why planets of that size seem to be relatively uncommon," said Adina Feinstein, a graduate student at the University of Chicago and lead author of the document describing the find, published Monday in the scientific journal The Astronomical Journal.
The K2-288Bb, which experts say it could be rich in gas or be rocky, it was discovered by the Kepler space telescope, which stopped working in the last few years of fuel-free October. Since 2009, this telescope has discovered over 2,600 planets, of which about 50 are believed to have the same size and the same temperature as those on Earth. His replacement is the Transit Exoplanet Sounding Satellite (TESS).
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