KEPLER 22 B PLANET –  God kept man’s desires. The most habitable planet with paradise like conditions and an eternal spring season has been found by  Kepler Mission of NASA.   Previous research hinted at the existence of near-Earth-size planets in habitable zones, but clear confirmation proved elusive. Two other small planets orbiting stars smaller and cooler than our sun recently were confirmed on the very edges of the habitable zone, with orbits more closely resembling those of Venus and Mars.

NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet Kepler-22b in the “habitable zone,” the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface.

The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth and with a rocky composition hopefully as if a twin of  earth. Kepler-22b is located 600 light-years away. Kepler-22b is larger than Earth, has a similar  orbit of 290 days around a sun-like star. The planet’s host star belongs to the same class as our sun, called G-type, although it is slightly smaller and cooler.


Kepler 22b orbit


Of the 54 habitable zone planet candidates reported in February 2011, Kepler-22b is the first to be confirmed. Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist: “Kepler’s results continue to demonstrate the importance of NASA’s science missions, which aim to answer some of the biggest questions about our place in the universe.”

“Fortune smiled upon us with the detection of this planet,” said William Borucki , Kepler principal investigator , who led the team that discovered Kepler-22b. (click to get a review of mission’s objectives)

(Does  cash starved US Govt contemplates budget cuts?)

 The Kepler science team uses ground-based telescopes and the Spitzer Space Telescope to review observations on planet candidates the spacecraft finds. (What is Hubble Space Telescope  with all more capabilities for better detection) The star field that Kepler observes in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra can only be seen from ground-based observatories in spring through early fall.

The Kepler team is announcing 1,094 new planet candidate discoveries. Since the last catalog was released in February, the number of planet candidates identified by Kepler has increased by 89 percent and now totals 2,326. Of these, 207 are approximately Earth-size, 680 are super Earth-size, 1,181 are Neptune-size, 203 are Jupiter-size and 55 are larger than Jupiter.

Kepler observed many large planets in small orbits early in its mission, which were reflected in the February data release. The new data suggest that planets one to four times the size of Earth may be abundant in the galaxy.  There are 48 planet candidates in their star’s habitable zone.

The message by God is clear.  The most habitable planet Kepler 22b has been found at a distance of 600 light years.  Man’s dreams are true but can not be realized.  Heavens are at unfathomable distances in deep space.  It may take generations for even unmanned space missions to reach these planets.   Man has to keep his colonization plans to himself and preserve this earth’s habitable conditions.  Gods must not be crazy.


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