10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

It is difficult to find exoplanets with conditions similar to those on our planet Earth. Astronomers have been searching for exoplanets that can support life in their quest for signs of life on other planets, outside our solar system. The team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has released a list of 219 new exoplanets. These 219 exoplanets have been discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth. These planets can support water in liquid form on their surface as they orbit at a suitable distance from their host star. Presence of water in liquid form is one of the main conditions for any exoplanet to support life.

Kepler Space Telescope has discovered 4,034 exoplanets till date and out of these, NASA astronomers consider nearly 50 exoplanets that can support life. Out of 4,034 exoplanets discovered by different teams working with Kepler Telescope, 2,335 have been confirmed in follow-up observations or reviews conducted later. The current catalog of exoplanets released by NASA is comprehensive and it has been prepared during the first four years of data from the space telescope.

Astronomers are interested in searching for planets that can support life. It is still difficult for us to reach and settle on other planets but private space technology companies and government space agencies are working hard to take humans on other planets. NASA is planning a manned mission to planet Mars in near future.

Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate said, "The Kepler data set is unique, as it is the only one containing a population of these near Earth-analogs – planets with roughly the same size and orbit as Earth. Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth."