Planet Kepler FAQ

What is Kepler 22-B

Kepler 22B is a planet that was found and later announced by NASA on December 5, 2011. It is a planet that appears to have a number of similar characteristics to Earth. Although the initial information that we have about Kepler 22-b is limited it is thought to be a planet that could sustain and harvest life.

What is its Planet Kepler’s parent star like?

Planet Kepler-22b orbits a star that is similar to our own Sun. This G-class yellow dwarf star a little smaller then our own star but closer to Kepler then our sun is to Earth.

What is a habitable zone?

In astronomy and astrobiology, the habitable zone is the region around a star where a planet of Earth-like size, composition and atmospheric pressure can maintain liquid water on its surface (as far as we know liquid water is essential for all known forms of life). Planets in this zone are considered the most promising sites to host extraterrestrial life (although exotic forms of life that do not require liquid water might possibly exist in different kinds of environments). Alternative names for the habitable zone are “HZ”, “life zone,” “ecosphere,” and “Goldilocks Zone.”

Who is the SETI?

‘SETI’ stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

What is the Allen Telescope Array (ATA)?

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a “Large Number of Small Dishes” (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for “commensal” (simultaneous) surveys of conventional radio astronomy projects and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) observations at centimeter wavelengths. In short, the ATA represents a relatively new approach to surveying the radio spectrum through an array of small dishes rather than the more conventional very large (and expensive) dish approach.

What is a terrestrial planet?

A terrestrial planet (also known as a rocky plane)t is a planet that is mostly composed of silicate rocks or metals. Within the Solar System, the terrestrial planets are the inner planets closest to the Sun. These planets are, in a certain way, “Earth-like”.

The terrestrial planets different from gas planets which often may not have solid surfaces and made mostly of hydrogen, helium, and water.

In conclusion, is believed that Planet Kepler 22b could be a terrestrial planet with the right conditions to harvest life!

Am I able to view Planet Kepler with a telescope?

Planet Kepler is about 600 lightyears away, in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus. Kepler’s star and is not very bright as seen from the Earth (11th magnitude). Unless you have a very, very powerful telescope you will not be able to view Kepler’s star or Planet Kepler

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