Kepler 62f Facts
- Kepler 62f is 1,200 light years from Earth.
- It was discovered in April 2013 and has been confirmed.
- The planet orbits in the habitable zone of its host star, an area which would allow for the presence of liquid water on it surface.
- With a radius of only 1.4 times greater than that of Earth Kepler 62f is the smallest planet yet to be discovered in the habitable zone.
- With such a small radius it is highly possible Kepler 62f is a rocky world like Earth.
- If Kepler 62f is a rocky world its gravity would be similar to that of Earth.
- Its mass is unknown but if it has a similar composition to Earth its mass would be around 2.5 to 3 times greater than our planet.
- Four other planets have been discovered in the Kepler 62 system, the slightly larger Kepler 62e also orbits in the habitable zone.
- The planets orbit the star Kepler 62, an orange dwarf with a mass of around 70% that of the sun and emitting around one fifth the energy.
Orbit, Atmosphere, Habitability
Kepler 62f OrbitKepler 62f revolves around its host star at a distance of around 67 million miles (108 million km) and takes around 267 days to make one complete orbit.
Kepler 62f AtmosphereKepler 62f receives less energy from its star than our planet receives from the sun, as a result its atmosphere would have to be composed of more greenhouse gases in order to create a habitable climate.
Kepler 62f HabitabilityIf Kepler 62f does possess a thicker atmosphere than Earth it is highly possible that liquid water would be present on its surface, which would make Kepler 62f the most Earth like planet yet to be discovered.
Planet Kepler 62fAn artist's impression of the Super-Earth exoplanet Kepler 62f.
Kepler 62f compared to Earth in sizePlanet Kepler 62f has a diameter only 1.4 times larger than Earth.
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