Sunday 7 June 2020 06:41 PM
Fortunately, there may be a more applicable candidate in the future, researchers found via the MIT Technology Review a potential exoplanet, KOI-456.04, less than twice the size of Earth while orbiting a host star Kepler-160 providing about
93% of the light levels our planet receives.
It orbits the star at a distance similar to Earth, and takes 378 days to complete a single pass.
The team found the planet by combing old Kepler Space Telescope data with two new algorithms designed to study the brightness of a star.
Instead of looking for the sudden dimming of starlight, which is the usual sign of a planet
Going through, the algorithms are checked for more accurate opacity.
This is not yet official, 85% are confident that KOI-456.04 is a planet, but direct studies are necessary to reach the 99% mark needed to advertise it as an exoplanet.
You may need to wait until the James Webb Space telescope becomes available before there is confirmation, and you are definitely not about to visit when the Kepler-160 is 3,140 light years away.
If the planetary nature is confirmed, then it will appear that the necessary conditions for a Earth-like planet are not quite as rare as you think.