NASA has been searching for potentially habitable exoplanets for years. The space agency has a huge list of planets, some of which are more interesting than others. One of these exoplanets is Kepler-1649c, which orbits the red dwarf kepler-1649, about 300 light-years from our planet. The exoplanet is the subject of NASA’s newly released work.
Although NASA has learned about the many exoplanets it has discovered, much remains to be discovered. These planets are more often known as detections of light from their stars, which briefly disappear as they pass in front of celestial bodies. Based on what NASA has learned about exoplanets, the agency may release an artist’s rendering of what the planet, or its environment, looks like. Its new Kepler-1649c image is a concept map featuring a potential landscape and its red dwarf starring.
Because the exoplanet is located in the star’s habitable zone, the water on the planet is liquid — assuming, of course, water on the exoplanet. The exoplanet happens to be the closest planet to Earth ever discovered by the Kepler mission, at least in terms of temperature and size.
The conceptual map shows a landscape very similar to the mountains on Earth, with no plants but a large cloud. However, it is not clear whether the exoplanet is actually like this. NASA has not been able to get up close and personal with these distant Earth-like planets.