Scientists at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, detected an exoplanet with characteristics similar to those of the Earth at the center of the galaxy. Kepler-62f is described as a rare “Super Earth” and is found in the constellation Lyra, about 1,200 light years from our planet.
According to researchers at the New Zealand university, Kepler-62f is part of a set of rare exoplanets that have a size and orbit similar to that of Earth. Antonio Herrera Martin, the scientist who led the investigation, explains that the planet has a dimension that is between the size of the Earth and that of Neptune.
The study recently published in the scientific journal The Astronomical Journal explains that Kepler-62f orbits a star with 10% of the total mass of the Sun, being in the “habitable” zone of the Kepler-62 planetary system. One year on the planet is equivalent to about 617 Earth days.
Kepler-62f is not an exoplanet totally unknown to the scientific community. In 2013, NASA discovered three new planets in the Kepler-62 and Kepler-69 planetary systems, including the one recently detected by scientists at the University of Canterbury.
In April 2020, a group of researchers from the SETI Institute discovered the most Earth-like exoplanet. Kepler-1649c is found in the constellation Cygnus, at a distance of 302 light years, and is a rocky planet, about 6% larger than Earth and orbits a “habitable” area of its star.