Article courtesy of Futurism.
Using data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission, and combining them with follow-up observations from earth-based telescopes, an international team of astronomers have tallied a total of 197 initial planet candidates. Notably, they also discovered 104 confirmed exoplanets (also known as ‘alien worlds’).
Moreover, four of them feature rocky terrains, meaning that they could potentially host Earth-like alien life; however, they could also be dead worlds like Venus or Mars. Still, the more rocky worlds, the more chances of finding Earth 2.0 and life like ours.
The find also features giant planets that are between 20 to 50% bigger in diameter than Earth and are all orbiting dwarf star K2-72, which is about half the size of the Sun and is found 181 light-years away.