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NASA Discovers ALIEN Planet In ‘Habitable Zone’

NASA has taken a giant leap closer to discovering whether we're alone in the universe by confirming the existence of the first planet, named Kepler-22b, that exists in the "habitable zone" of its star.

We don’t usually get too in-depth with science coverage here on Tumfweko, but this breakthrough certainly deserves mention: NASA announced Monday 12/5 that it has confirmed the discovery of the first known planet that could have liquid water on its surface, thus making it potentially habitable for alien life. The planet, dubbed Kepler-22b, is one of more than 1,000 new planet candidates discovered during the Kepler mission.

The reason Kepler-22b is particularly notable is that it orbits in the middle of the so-called “habitable zone” of its star, which NASA calls “sun-like,” but is slightly smaller and cooler than our sun. (Earth orbits in a similar location to our sun.) Two other planets have been found in the habitable zones of their stars, but they orbit on the outer edges of what could be classified as habitable.

“This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin,” said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist. “Kepler’s results continue to demonstrate the importance of NASA’s science missions, which aim to answer some of the biggest questions about our place in the universe.”
Kepler-22b measures roughly 2.4 times the radius of Earth, and is located approximately 600 light-years away. It’s year — the amount of time it takes a planet to orbit its sun — is nearly the same as Earth’s, taking 290 Earth-days to make a full orbit. The planet, along with 48 other planets that may also lie in a habitable zone, was discovered using a number of ground-based telescopes, which monitor the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, which are home to more than 150,000 stars.

To confirm that a heavenly body is, in fact, a planet, Kepler scientists watch to see if a planet candidate crosses in front of a particular star, something known as “transit.” In order for a planet candidate to be confirmed as a planet, it must transit a minimum of three times. It was through this scrutiny that Kepler-22b achieve full planet status.

Now that Kepler-22b has been confirmed, Kepler scientist will begin to examine it more closely to find out what it is made of (solid, liquid or gas), and whether or not it has an atmosphere that could actually support life as we know it.

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50 Responses to NASA Discovers ALIEN Planet In ‘Habitable Zone’

  1. Mpangula Mputyu

    December 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    We watching this space?

  2. bIG bROTHER

    December 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    bIG uP

  3. D'BANKS MALUKULA

    December 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    What is this planet?is it also on 9 planets?or it is a 10th planet?can somebody explain 2 me and the entire world,how can a new planet be suspected that it can support life?this is ridiculous,in America scientists said that they have discovered a new planet and it was named the red planet that was 5 years ago.God will punish them ka.

  4. chamusula chamu town

    December 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    600 light years bafikala babufi who will be their to tell them ati mwalibepa bafikala

  5. Dr. Jet

    December 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Maybe they have discovered Heaven

  6. SESENGWE SUPER COP

    December 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    INTERESTING!!! WHAT NEXT? HOW I WISH MAN CAN ALSO EXPLAIN THE EXISTANCE OF ‘MATTER’ A MEDIUM IN WHICH HE CONDUCTS ALL THE EXPERIMENTS!! THE EXISTANCE OF MATTER WILL GIVE ANY REASONABLE LIVING CREATURE THE EXISTANCE OF A ‘SUPPER INTELLIGENT BEING’WHICH INEVITABLY WILL GIVE AN IDEA OF GOD!!!!!!!!

  7. kambwanga

    December 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Dr Jet,you have made my day,thats real funny

  8. Jo-jinto

    December 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Well could be true..the Bible talks of other unfallen worlds. Could just be another of the billion habitable planets that the Almighty God has created! Just saying

  9. Kumo

    December 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Nice job for putting this story on website. Truly significant find!

  10. D'BANKS MALUKULA

    December 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Ba jo-jinto don’t tell us lies which verse in the bible talks about other unfallen worlds?don’t be funny kamuntu iwe

  11. FUTURE MUSOLE

    December 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    We shud be happy that science is working in our society,not what you are talking about.

  12. chintonfwa

    December 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    WHO IS LIVING THERE IS IT BA CHWE CHWE CHWE CHWE CHWE CHWE

  13. CAPITAIN Lè ZAMBIE.com

    December 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    THE WORD KEPLER MEANS POISONOUS AND HOW CAN IT SUPPORT LIFE,I NEVER KNEW THAT POISON CAN SUPPORT LIFE,KEPLER-22B IS NOT A PLANET.

  14. .com

    December 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

    GOOD SCIENTIST CAPITAIN.GO ON WITH YOUR THEORY

  15. bubala.B

    December 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    nice mayeb some of us can migrate there and start a new life……and have a status in society…

  16. awe kwena

    December 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    lol iwe ka jo jingo ngani shani ulo wre inda bible is it writen iwe ka false prophet

  17. mo pablo

    December 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    @ d banks its not in our solar system of nine planets. This is another constellation but within our galaxy the milkyway. 600 light years is quite tremendous distance, but there are theories that suggest time travel e.g shortcuts through wormholes in string theory, information carrying particles like the neutrinos( that can travel faster than speed of light)if nurtured can maybe one day copy all our genetic al info and reassemble them in far away planets!

  18. condom

    December 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    was it necessary to mention that tunfweko does not go deep in reporting science at the beginning of the article?

  19. Surprise Kapangala

    December 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    @Dr. Jet – Your conclusion is the best here! I therefore confer on you Prof. JET, PhD, (not from Rusangu). You have made my day.

  20. jo-jinto

    December 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    1. Hebrew 11v3,, ‘thru faith we understand the WORLDS (plural) were framed by God’. 2. Hebrews 1v1,2 last part says,, ‘by whom also he made the WORLDS (plural). I inferred from these nd other verses that there are other worlds out there in the vast universe!

  21. Anne Biliva

    December 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The bible doesn’t explain everything. Anyone with a sense of rationale will realise that the bible is just a documentation of the history of the jews. When people write their history they always overglorify themselves. Jews therefore gave themselves the tag The chosen ones. The bible can’t explain modern day discoveries cos it was written at a relatively ignorant era.Same with the Arabs and the Koran

  22. Wawa

    December 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    mmm, ba Captain,

    1. the Mission is called “The Kepler Mission” named after the famous Astronomer/Mathematician Johannes Kepler…

    2. Kepler 22b orbits a star (regularly) and that has been proved since the first readings were taken in 2009. You must understand that a lot we know about the university is based on decades of observation of light and radio patterns originating from distant celestial bodies…

    3. Those of you that are refuting this discovery…what’s wrong with another planet with conditions favorable to human existence? Afterall, microscopic organisms have been discovered on bodies like Mars and in some cases on hot-ass planets like venus…a clear implication of the possibility of an evolution.

  23. Nyasalander!!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    “Afterall, microscopic organisms have been discovered on bodies like Mars and in some cases on hot-ass planets like venus…” Wawa you are a genius!!! First time I have heard of such a thing like “hot-ass planets” Lol

  24. PornStar

    December 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Wishful thinking. Do you guys have any idea what 600 light years is? That planet might not even exist today. That is the truth about astronomy. We are getting information that is 600years old (the time it took for light to reach us). Meaning even our great grand children ten generations down the line have no chance of ever making it to that star system. Nasa are very good at wasting money. Why pay people to look for other earth like planets when we will never even set foot there? Meanwhile people in Somalia and Niger are dying of starvation. God help us.

  25. Mulenga Le Zangzing

    December 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    ok & what is next

  26. CHRISTIAN

    December 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Ba wawa twatash.I like this.

  27. Mh

    December 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    no wonda its an alien planet,its not usual or acceptable.citation needed

  28. Wanu Ngwee

    December 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I have already LEGALLY applied for a 200 Heactare plot at MARS and NASA are busy processing my application – noti the way it is done ku Ministry of Lands, too much injuka!!

  29. John Zemba

    December 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    people please help me, is this science or madness, come you so called scientists stop making further discoveries but concentrate of find the last solution to the current pandemic which is most killing us blacks. it is about time you reveal the secert instead of the love for money and leave your fellow human beings to die like frost is the day.

  30. serenje

    December 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    while our friends are busy discovering new things Zambians are busy drinking and womanising

  31. Momin

    December 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    @Anne dont align ur ignorance with the koran. All scientific issues mentioned in the koran r in line with modern scientific discoveries. Google islam and science if u wish u will find hundreds of aticulated facts inline with 21 century scientifc discoveries.

  32. zephy

    December 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    It is fun reading comments about the article cited here. Some convey facts and others are just never mind. Well, if you would ask me, I would fear my existence of another earth. Why? it only means that there is something terrible that might occur years from now to our mother earth that would cause millions of death.
    Why not discover something that will help to save the earth and teach the human beings the importance of caring the world we live in. God bless.

  33. Momin

    December 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    @pornstar
    a light year is the distance light travel in a year tht is 300,000km/s x60seconds x60minute x24hours x30days x 12month= 1 light year x 600lights year en u get a figure beyond comprehession. Bt the universe is billions of light years apart so apprecated en fear God who created all this in 6 days.

  34. R.I.P. Dr. Socrates

    December 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    @ Wanu Ngwee – once allocated, we shall call the plots MWAYI WAKE (not kuba kwake?)

  35. mankande

    December 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    ” MAYBE THEY HAVE DISCOVERED HEAVEN”, Dr Jet mulibaume, something to laugh at, hope to meet you there.

  36. Dar es salaam

    December 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Anne Biliva,thanks for your brief analysis of these events on earth.We ve been cheated a lot by the Jew history and there Arab enemies.Time has come to rewrite history and set records straight not based on the Bibles/Korans please.Those who think science is an enemy to God are very ignorant and should just be forgiven.God is the great scientist and God is not a christian nor a moslem.For interesting reading in the world of science try to search on the UFO IN CHINA that occurred last year in july and made the airport to close near to 2hrs.Welcome to the new world!

  37. Momin

    December 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    @dar es salaam
    The koran z not against science its a fulfilment of scientic facts from God the who knows the intricate secrets of the universe. Though its nt a book of science bt its a book of signs of the Creator, spread out in the wider universe. The first chapter and first line of the koran reads ” All Praise be to God Lord of the worlds” this afirm without ambiguity that there is more than one world. Take time to broaden your knowledge dont raise issues frm hearsay.

  38. philosopher

    December 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    @ pornstar,i like your assertion that Americans like wasting money on useless things.Honestly guys,discovering another planet for what?Ok it would a good project for job creation for Americans, but new planets?How many people in somalia,sudan,ethopia,south america would benefit from such huge sums of money?These guys care less for humanity.You will actually discover that most diseases in the world come from their labs.Imagine we live with malaria everyday but they chose to fight diseases they dont fully understand.Why not eradicate malaria and cholera?Our diseases means economic growth for them.They are wicked.I dont even want talk about black years or light years.My needs are basic ,Kitchen and Toilet.Chisense and zambeef.So Galaxies for what?

  39. Wanu Ngwee

    December 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    @R.I.P. Dr Socrates, noted thanks.

  40. Katiya Toonse

    December 8, 2011 at 12:11 am

    6oo Light Years = 5,676,438,283,548,480 Kilometres

    Quite a distance, but man will one day reach there!

  41. Anne Billiva

    December 8, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Monim you moslems and Christians want to employ vague words to syncronise your scriptures with Science. I don’t think the word worlds as in your Koran and Bible means the same as what scientists have just discovered. If God wanted to refer to this discovery he would. have said it precisely as: other galaxies or planets. Worlds in your scriptures for me just means other nations on planet earth. One other thing You moslems portray God as infinitely powerful, why then would such a mighty being rely on common mortals like you and me to declare a jihad or fatwah for his teachings to spread? Why would he want to enjoy the spilling of blood by his disciples for his glory? I won’t go as far as. 9/11 or suicide bombings in Pakistan, iraq, Indonesia, Nigeria Kenya etc. In fact Monin tell us why Islam is involved in 90 percent of bloodshed on the globe at present. A loving God can never be so bloodthirsty!

  42. Momin

    December 8, 2011 at 5:16 am

    @anne biliva
    It is God who created u en it is He who constantly recreates u.(This verse refers 2 hw human cells constantly regenerate themselves) The heaven en earth were bt one then we clover them asunder en created evrything out of water.(big bang theory en scietntic asumption tht life forms started in water). The sun en moon travel in their own orbit. And the sky we have made as a protective shield(ozone layer en the other 6 stratas above the earth r but proctective shield 2 make earth habitable en 7 mind u z specifically mentioned) It is We who made the universe en we constantly expand it(google expansion of da universe en scientic discovery will tel u the universe is nt static bt expanding)these r just a tip of the signs u find in the koran. The sign were being revealled at a time the english languge wz nt there for english is only a few hundred years old en words like galaxies were only coined recently. As for the wars it nt islam tht start them bt the secular world tryn to propagated their satanic agenda(gayism en the like) since islam is agaisnt these thing, they ve coined a phrase Terrorism to fight it so as to attain their goals. Mind u sodoma en gomora in palestine wz destroyed becoz of gays.

  43. MARS

    December 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

    good job. may be ifwe ba PF can go there so that we live earth for UPND and MMD.

  44. Official Hater

    December 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Nasa discovered anotha planet me i discovered another kapunda that is as nice as pussy my friends….u wont stop cuming, keve ni enjoy 11 over 10…

  45. PornStar

    December 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Those of you saying man will reach this same planet please tell me how? Space is too vast, even voyager1 the first satellite to be launched with a map of the solar system only reached the edge of the of the solar system recently after it was launched in 1977. This craft travels at 15km/s (54,000km/h.)It takes about 20 hours to get a radio signal from this craft and the distance is increasing. This isn’t even a light year away. Don’t be fooled, human beings will never leave the solar system. It is possible but not probable. For one, the human body was not designed for space travel-but that is another lesson in biology altogether. We have more problems on earth than looking at stars. This nonsense needs to stop!

  46. umunthu

    December 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Africans!

    Always behind! Once the “whites” find an “earth like” planet and they manage to “colonize” it. Do you think they will want you on it?

    It will be theirs only! while you remain looking up to the sky for “God” to come!

    This is science and is factual. Our sun, as you know it, is just another star!

    http:// planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/

    Looks like most of you guys skipped or never attended kinder-garden (nursery school) or even made it up to grade six!

  47. Sweet 16

    December 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

    ah who cares? me i just need a chi baly 4 gud sex

  48. PornStar

    December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Sweet16 give me your number if you are a fresh lady. If you are gay forget it.

  49. ZEMUNTU

    December 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

    1 light year = 9.8tillion Kms and this means that for 600light years is 5880 tillion kms. this is how far Keplar 22b is from us. they use light years coz it becomes difficult to use kms and mind u a light year is the distance light travels to rich us and our very own sun’s light takes 8minutes to reach us but these evenly bodies tek trillions of kms.our nearest star is 4.5light years and multiply that by 9.8tillion kms and u will know how far these stars are. by the way there are other galaxies which are billions of light years away and this keplar 22b is in our own galaxy coz our galaxy is about 100000light years in diameter. but try to think of a black hole

  50. Mercutio

    December 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Momin you havent answered Anne Billiva’s questions. Moreover there are no parallels between the big bang theory and “the heaven and earth were one”.
    “Created everything out of water” doesn’t refer to life. It obviously refers to everything; rocks, planets, soil, fire, life, etc. Did all these things come out of water? What Scientific theory states so?
    It is We who made the universe en we constantly expand it-What do you mean by this? Of course we know the universe expands but how do we we cause it to expand?
    The bit about the English language is gibberish. Whatever language the Koran was written in would have found an appropriate word to describe planet or galaxy.