A planet estimated to be twice the size of earth has been discovered by NASA and the space agency released a statement saying it might harbour alien life.
The planet, which is 226 light-years far from Earth, is located within a star’s habitable zone and its surface may contain liquid water, reported Mirror.
The incredible discovery wasn’t made by NASA scientists but by 2 students from the University of Chicago and University of North Carolina Asheville. Aiden Feinstein and Makennah Bairstow were working as interns for astrophysicist Joshua Schlieder at the Goddard space Flight Center 3128 Greenbelt when they made the discovery.
“It’s a very exciting discovery due to how it was found, its temperate orbit and because planets of this size appear to be relatively uncommon,” Feinstein was quoted by LadBible
The planet has been named K2-288Bb.
Experts suggested the surface of the planet may most likely be rocky or rich in gas like Neptune.
“It’s a very exciting discovery due to how it was found, its temperate orbit and because planets of this size appear to be relatively uncommon,” Adina Feinstein, lead author of the study, was quoted by Mirror.
According to a statement by NASA, the planet is estimated to be around 1.9 times the size of Earth and 0.5 the size of Neptune.
The planet has been placed within the ‘Fulton Gap’ category because scientists believe a gap is created due to intense starlight breaking up atmospherical molecules.
This phenomenon also erodes the atmosphere of planets.