This is Kepler-22b, a possibly habitable exoplanet with a similar orbit to its G-class star as we have to our Sun. At more than 2 times the size of our Earth and orbiting a slightly smaller, colder sun, Kepler-22b may not actually be able to support life. The core of the planet may be similar to Neptune’s rocky core, and the planet may have a large ocean environment, preventing life as we know it on land to appear. This large ocean will affect the planet’s temperature as it may cool or heat the overall environment resulting in the planet possibly not being at the “Goldilocks temperature” (not too hot to prevent the rapid evaporation of water and not too cold to freeze water) to sustain liquid water. However, the planet is believed to have a surface temperature around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which should keep the massive oceans from freezing. Despite being a highly promising candidate for life outside of our Earth in the universe, at 600 light-years away, Kepler-22b will require more powerful telescopes to be able to accurately judge the habitability.
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