Experts have recently discovered a potential Earth-like planet that revolves around a bright star, 150 light-years away from Earth, and is one of the most likely planets that is now being considered to possibly host alien life. The planet, which was named Super-Earth K2-3d, is believed to have all of the right components in order for aliens to successfully live and develop: a bright nearby star, the perfect conditions for hosting liquid water, and a warm, Earth-like climate.
Super-Earth K2-3d And Its Features
It was found that the said Earth-like planet was allegedly seen crossing its star by NASA's Kepler space telescope.According to reports revealed by Daily Mail, it is also believed that the mysterious planet's upcoming eclipse of the red dwarf star it orbits could finally reveal whether or not K2-3d is hiding extraterrestrial life forms.As revealed by Dr. Björn Benneke from the California Institute of Technology, the primary target is to find a hydrogen-rich atmosphere, essential for life forms to exist. Meanwhile, NASA adds that its huge Hubble telescope will spend approximately 5 days over the following year in order to thoroughly investigate on K2-3d.
Furthermore, Space has added that in every 45 days, K2-3d orbits a star half the size of the sun and was found to be about 1.5 times the size of Earth and orbits a star half the size of the sun. In a statement made by the researchers of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, it has explained that the exoplanet circles closer to its star than Earth does around the sun which is actually one-fifth the Earth-sun distance. However, because this is a cooler star, the planet should rest at an Earth-like temperature which makes it possible to host liquid water.
On the other hand, despite this discovery, researchers have highly emphasized the fact that they would still have to carefully analyze how much starlight is blocked during the transit at a range of wavelengths to precisely calculate the composition of K2-3d's atmosphere, as each transit is known to present a chance to learn more about K2-3d, and this new work can potentially allow researchers to accurately forecast when those transits will take place.