Monday, 21 April 2014
POSSIBLY HABITABLE PLANET DISCOVERED
An habitable planet might contain all manner of life forms and a possible one was discovered on April 17th. It circles the star Kepler, a red dwarf cooler than the sun. The planet is named Kepler-186f. It is about 10% larger than Earth and is in the right zone for sustaining life, but we do not yet know if it harbors water or, indeed, of what its atmosphere is composed. It is 500 light years away from Earth.