Scientists have discovered eight new planets that might be capable to hold ‘alien life’ in the “Goldilocks zone” of orbit.
Nasa’s Kepler telescope has found these planets, and by this discovery, the number of such ‘exoplanets’ found by this telescope has crossed 1000.
The finding was revealed at a meeting of American Astronomical Society. The research is also published in the Astrophysical Journal.
According to the scientists in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, two among these planets are the most earth like ones which are discovered so far.
These planets are orbiting its star in the habitable zone, and it could have the right temperature which is required to sustain life.
The optimum distance between the stars and planet will provide the right temperature, and thus the chances of prevalence of liquid water will be quite high. Scientists consider water as the sole cause behind the trigger of any life.
Too much heat from the star will boil away all the water from the planet, while too much little will freeze everything.
The planets which are discovered now are in an optimum distance from the stars, and this makes them a probable place where life exists.
As per experts, the planets which are discovered now will be rocky like earth, in most probably, they will have conditions suitable for life.
The planets which are found to be similar like earth has been named, Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b.
Both these planets are rotating around a dwarf star which is much cooler and smaller than our sun.