Planet hunters and science enthusiasts are rejoicing over NASA’s latest announcement. Today, a team of astronomers working with data from the K2 mission released a new catalog of potential alien planets. In a press conference held at NASA’s Ames Research Center, the team stated that they had identified 219 planet candidates, 10 of which are said to be rocky worlds that are in the habitable zones of stars that are similar to the Sun—which is a yellow dwarf or G dwarf.
In short, it seems that we have 10 new planets that are Earth-like.
In science, “Earth-like” worlds are loosely defined as terrestrial worlds that have a chemical composition that is similar to our own planet and orbit in a relatively young star’s habitable zone (the “habitable zone” is defined as the orbit around a star where liquid water could theoretically exist on a planet’s surface).
The team was composed of Kepler research scientists Mario Perez, …
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