As we all know astronomers are constantly doing research hoping to find other planets where life can be sustained. They believe they found a planet 1200 light years away from earth that is likely to support life.
This “super earth” is known as Kepler-62f. As scientists say this planet is likely to be rocky, have oceans and consists of multiple atmospheric compositions that helps keep warmth in order to maintain liquid water.
The research team included Aomaway Shields, Eric Agol, Rory Barnes, Cecilia Bitz, Benjamin Charnay and Victoria Meadows who first published their research in an online journal Astrobiology.
The team ran multiple computer simulations in order to study and understand what the planet might be like. These simulations included studying Kepler-62f’s atmosphere and various configurations of its orbital path around the sun.
One speculative the team came up with regard to the planets atmosphere is that it would be 12 times thicker than the Earth’s atmosphere and that various carbon dioxide levels are up to 2500 times higher than of the Earth.
The research team came up with many scenarios that would make Kepler-62f habitable. Research shows that that it requires an atmosphere that is three to five times thicker than the Earth’s atmosphere and it would require a mechanism to generate lots of carbon dioxide in order to refrain from Kepler-62f’s surface temperatures to get above freezing, even though temporarily, due it’s orbital configuration while melting it’s ice sheets formed alternately.
A computer model by the name of HNBody was used by the team of researchers to determine the shape of the planets orbit and to map out the possibilities. Existing global climate models were used to simulate different climates.
No conclusion has been made whether or not life exists on an exoplanet such as Kepler-62f but there are about a dozen exoplanets that are declared as ‘habitable zones’.
Checkout my above video that I talked about similar topic around a discovery of a first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone”.