Since March of 2009, the Kepler Space Observatory has been exploring our region of the Milky Way so that scientists at NASA can discover more Earth-like planets orbiting stars and estimate how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy actually have such planets. Data from Kepler is analyzed using a supercomputer running algorithms at NASA’s Ames facility.
Now computations from K2, the extended Kepler space telescope mission, indicate the existence of three new Earth-size planets. The one in the CHZ of its star was given the evocative name, EPIC 201367075. The CHZ – or circumstellar habitable zone – is where planets with sufficient atmospheric pressure can support liquid water on their surface.