It’s a really exciting time for outer space exploration. First there was the unveiling of the Breakthrough Listen initiative, a $100 million effort to find life in outer space, and the New Horizons mission to photograph Pluto. And now NASA announces the discovery of an exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) with enough Earth-like characteristics that some are referring to it as Earth 2.0.
Earth 2.0’s official name is Kepler-452b, for the Kepler telescope that facilitated its discovery. And scientists say that it’s the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, including the around 500 potential planets discovered in the most recent Kepler telescope sighting. Might there be alien civilizations there, perhaps even looking back at us?
You can get a lot more information on Earth 2.0 and the rest of the Kepler telescope haul over at the BBC site here (but unfortunately not a definitive answer to that last question – at least not yet). And if you’re ever bummed about modern life, just remember that we might be the ones to finally meet aliens – suddenly Facebook doesn’t seem quite so annoying, does it?