One of the four newly identified super Earth-size planet candidates, KOI-172.02, orbits in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The possible planet is approximately 1.5 times the radius of Earth and orbits its host star every 242 days. Additional follow-up analysis will be required to confirm the candidate as a planet.
Ho-ly balls. Out of the 461 new planetary candidates added by the Kepler space telescope, 4 of them orbit in their star’s habitable zone.