NASA continues to harvest new discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope, and on July 23, 2015 it announced the first-ever discovery of an Earth-sized exoplanet around a star similar to our Sun. Called Kepler 452b, this planet is a little older and larger than Earth, but it still lies within the so-called habitable zone of its home star where life as we currently understand it might have a chance to take hold. While there’s no evidence the planet harbors life, Kepler-452b is one of the two most Earth-like planets yet discovered by Kepler and it has fired the imaginations of astronomers and planetary scientists around the world. Slooh will hold a special show on July 25, 2015 to celebrate the discovery of this new planet and discuss its similarities and differences from Earth. During the show, we’ll also see a live view of the home star of this newly discovered exoplanet through our remote telescopes.
During this live show, Slooh astronomers and guest scientists will discuss:
- How astronomers used the Kepler Space Telescope to find this new and potentially Earth-like world
- Why Kepler-452b is perhaps the most Earth-like planet yet found by Kepler
- What we know for sure about Kepler 452b and what is speculation, and how you can sort out hype from real science
- The characteristics of a habitable zone star and why we think Kepler-452b lies within this zone
- Possible techniques that might prove Kepler-452b– or any planet– might harbor life
- What other discoveries we might expect in the future from Kepler
Please join Slooh on July 25, 2015 for this special show to learn more about the astonishing discovery of an Earth-sized exoplanet around a nearby star in the Milky Way.