Earth-Like Planets?

Hey Space Bloggers!

After my last post, Erin wrote in about NASA’s Kepler Mission, a space telescope that is searching for Earth-like planets in our galaxy. She heard they found one.

And guess what? She’s right!

Following the Earth around the sun like a friendly puppy dog, Kepler looks for planets in nearby star clusters – that is if you consider a span of 3,000 light years to be nearby!

So far Kepler has found over 1000 possible planets, and confirmed that 15 definitely are planets.

Image credit: NASA/Tim Pyle

And that’s not all!

Just three days ago, NASA announced the discovery of 5 more possible planets; planets that are special for two reasons….

  • First, they are about the same size as Earth, and
  • Second, they are in the ‘habitable zone’ of their stars.

That means that they get enough light and heat from their stars to form liquid water and maybe even life.

So kids, what do you think…

Is there life out there? Do we share our galactic neighborhood?? Will we one day be holding an intra-solar system potluck???

Check in soon to see what your fellow Earth-kids have to say. Think up your own SpaceBlog nickname and sign on below. Leave a thought, fact, idea, or question for the cosmos…

I’ll be back soon with another SPLOG inspired by your comments; perhaps about the chances of life out there–in the great, distant, darkness of space–beyond our solar neighborhood.

About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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8 Responses to Earth-Like Planets?

  1. Bella Bear says:

    I think I might explore Pluto.
    Maybe I could find aliens in ice blocks there!
    I could get in one myself!

  2. Bella Bear says:

    I think that we can find a planet with all different animals like on earth.
    If I ever go to space I want to explore an unknown planet!

    • Hi Bella Bear! Welcome to Space Blog!

      I agree. It would be interesting to explore a new planet. And exciting!

      You know…you might not have to wait as long as you think. You’ve just given me an idea. Check back soon for my next post all about ‘Curiosity’!

  3. Lorin Matthews says:

    That’s a nice picture of Jupiter, but my favorites are the pictures taken of Saturn and its rings and moons by the Cassini mission. The pictures of the fine structure in the rings, (the F Ring is a particular interest of mine) are really cool.

  4. Erin Edwards says:

    Well, we certainly have found some weird kinds of life on *Earth* in what we thought were uninhabitable places, such as deep ocean vents. But, whenever we find really weird life, it doesn’t seem to be “intelligent life.”

    So I’m going to go with the guess that we may find life, but it will more likely be more primitive life and we will be more likely to eat it than chat with it over a plate of potluck casseroles!

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