Distant Worlds-Kepler-47 system

Distant Worlds-Kepler-47 system

illustration comparing our solar system with a planetary system found by Kepler

This illustration compares our own solar system to Kepler-47, a double-star system discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The habitable zone of each system, the area where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet, is shown as a green band. Kepler-47 includes two planets, one orbiting too close to its suns to be habitable. The other, named Kepler-47c, orbits well within the habitable zone, but is not likely to host life. It is thought to be a gas giant, with an atmosphere of thick water-vapor clouds and no solid surface.

IMAGE: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle