You guys, there has been some significant news released today. Are you ready for this?
NASA announced today that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted "Earth's bigger, older cousin"—the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own. Do you know what this means?! We found our next vacation spot, y'all!
OK, maybe we're getting a head of ourselves. NASA can't say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, but it's the closest match found so far, and that's pretty gnarly.
"Today, Earth is a little less lonely," Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said.
The planet, which has been named Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus (yeah, so it's quite the road trip...space trip? Whatever). It's about 60 percent bigger than Earth, NASA says, and is located in its star's habitable zone—the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet.
A visitor there would experience gravity about twice that of Earth's (oooh, not sure how to feel about that), and planetary scientists say the odds of it having a rocky surface are "better than even."
Naturally, with such news, the Twitterverse didn't waste any time to voice their opinion (and, ya know, crack jokes):
Is Earth 2.0 a viable option in time to escape President #DonaldTrump?— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) July 23, 2015
What if Earth 2.0 spotted us first and we're actually Earth 2.0?— Paul Barnes (@PaulBarn3s) July 23, 2015
Earth 2.0 is creepy but cool— Genesis (@Foodismybae_) July 23, 2015
Not sure if I should upgrade to Earth 2.0 or wait for Earth 2.0S.— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) July 23, 2015
You're gonna weigh twice as much on Earth 2.0. #FairWarning— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) July 23, 2015
What if they called it earth 2.0 cause they plan on invading the planet!! We're the aliens that we've feared 😬— Orlando, The Mexican (@kinglando15) July 23, 2015
I think it's almost narcissistic of us to call this new planet that is similar to Earth, Earth 2.0.— Diane (@dianethao) July 23, 2015
@NASA if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it. Earth 2.0 is mine now, move along son.— Amy (@PenHitsTheFan) July 23, 2015
What if none of the living things on Earth 2.0 conform to Earth's traditional standards of beauty. WHAT THEN?— Evan J'daté Kessler (@EvanJKessler) July 23, 2015
But maybe Earth 2.0 is like an alternate dimension to ours and everyone was incest.— Tommy #ZeroMedia (@txmmyy_) July 23, 2015
Earth 2.0 may have intelligent life. Unlike Earth.— Try The Veal (@TylerLinkin) July 23, 2015
Wait! What if global warming was preparing us for earth 2.0 all this while? I mean their sun is bigger so it's hotter right?Or I'm dumb?— Falke (@ab_boateng) July 23, 2015
Earth 2.0 so is it like an upgrade or just some patch to fix the bugs ?— Rahul (@Rahul980) July 23, 2015
Earth 2.0 - if it's designed by Microsoft, you better wait for Earth 3.0.— Mr. Plinky (@mr_plinky) July 23, 2015
U2 was just automatically uploaded to Earth 2.0.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 23, 2015
What do you think about Earth 2.0? Sound off in the comments!