Pictured here is an artist’s depiction of a two-star system called HD 113766, where NASA believes a rocky, Earth-like planet is forming some 424 light-years away. The brown, rocky ring of material in the image depicts an early planet before it binds together to form a more spherical shape. This star is thought to be 10 to 16 million years old, the right age for planets to come into formation.
But could this be a planet that supports life? As the quest for an Earth-like planet continues, experts are optimistic. Natalie Batalha is Kepler's deputy science team lead. As she told Space.com, "We are homing in on the truly Earth-size, habitable planets."