Could a newly discovered planet called Kepler-452B be suitable for life? 

Scientists believe it might be! 

With a similar rotation and distance from its home sun, it is 60% larger than Earth and is 1,400 light years away. 

NASA says it holds ‘substantial opportunity’ to host life and they believe if plants were transferred onto the planet they would likely survive! 

“We can think of Kepler-452B as an older, bigger cousin to Earth,” said Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at Nasa’s Ames Research Center.

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“It’s awe-inspiring to consider that this planet has spent 6 billion years in the habitable zone of its star; longer than Earth.

“That’s substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet.”

Located in the constellation Cygnus, Kepler 452B marks the 1,030th planet discovered so far. 

“[It is] the closest twin to Earth, or the Earth 2.0 that we’ve found so far in the data set,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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One major indication that the planet could hold life is that it exists in a ‘habitable zone’ aka ‘Goldilocks zone’ which ultimately means its distance from a star would allow liquid water to pool on the surface throughout the full orbit. 

“This is so fascinating because Kepler 452b receives the same kind of spectrum and intensity of light as we do on Earth,” said Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University.

“This means plants from our planet could grow there if it were rocky and had an atmosphere.

“You could even get a healthy tan like here on holiday. Getting to our closest twin planet might take a while though, since it’s 1,400 light years away.”

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