A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot Like Ours – Time Magazine

The best place to look for extraterrestrial life would be on worlds with a size and composition like our own. Astronomers have now discovered what may be the Earthiest planet yet—and there are surely more out there…

When a faulty aiming device crippled the Kepler space telescope last year, NASA officials reluctantly declared the orbiting observatory’s planet-hunting days over—but they also said that Kepler would keep finding planets. That’s not as crazy as it sounds: the probe had made so many observations since its launch in 2009 that scientists hadn’t come close to processing them all. There were sure to be spectatcular discoveries still lurking in those terabytes of stored data, said Kepler’s founding father, William Borucki, of the NASA Ames Research Center. Head over to Time Magazine to read the rest of this fascinating update. Click on the images for a larger version,. Illustrations by Chris Wren – Kenn Brown @ mondoart.net – for commissions and/or syndications please contact kennbmondo@gmail.com