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Parent star
Star Kepler-62 (KOI-701)
Constellation Lyra
Right ascension (α) 18h 52m 51.0519s[1]
Declination (δ) +45° 20′ 59.400″[1]
Apparent magnitude (mV) 13.654[2]
Distance990±4[1] ly
(304±1[1] pc)
Spectral type K2V[3]
Mass (m) 0.69 (± 0.02)[3] M
Radius (r) 0.64 (± 0.02)[3] R
Temperature (T) 4925 (± 70)[3] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] −0.37 (± 0.04)[3]
Age 7 (± 4)[3] Gyr
Physical characteristics
[4] M
Radius(r)0.54 (± 0.03)[3] R
Stellar flux(F)25 (± 3)[3]
Temperature (T) 578 K (305 °C; 581 °F)
Orbital elements
Semi-major axis(a) 0.0929 (± 0.0009)[3] AU
Eccentricity (e) ~0[3]
Orbital period(P) 12.4417 (± 0.0001)[3] d
Inclination (i) 89.7 (± 0.2)[3]°
Discovery information
Discovery date 18 April 2013[3]
Discoverer(s) Borucki et al.
Discovery method Transit (Kepler Mission)[3]
Discovery site Kepler Space Observatory
Discovery status Published refereed article
Other designations
KOI-701.05, K00701.05; KOI-701 c; 2MASS J18525105+4520595 c; KIC 9002278 c; WISE J185251.03+452059.0 c
Database references
Extrasolar Planets
Exoplanet Archivedata
Open Exoplanet Cataloguedata

Kepler-62c (also known by its Kepler Object of Interest designation KOI-701.05) is an approximately Mars-sized exoplanet discovered in orbit around the star Kepler-62, the second innermost of five discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft around Kepler-62. At the time of discovery it was the second-smallest exoplanet discovered and confirmed by the Kepler spacecraft, after Kepler-37b. It was found using the transit method, in which the dimming that a planet causes as it crosses in front of its star is measured.[3] Its stellar flux is 25 ± 3 times Earth's.[3] It is similar to Mercury.


Mass, radius and temperature[edit]

Kepler-62c is a sub-Earth, an exoplanet with a radius and mass smaller than Earth. It has an equilibrium temperature of 578 K (305 °C; 581 °F). It has a radius of 0.54 R.[3] This is about the size of Mars, making it the second-smallest exoplanet discovered, with Kepler-37b being the size of the Moon. However, the mass is currently not known, estimates place an upper limit of <4 M, the real mass is expected to be significantly lower than this,[3] say around 0.1 M, comparable to the size of Kepler-37b.[4]

Host star[edit]

The planet orbits a (K-type) star named Kepler-62, orbited by a total of five planets.[3] The star has a mass of 0.69 M and a radius of 0.64 R. It has a temperature of 4925 K and is 7 billion years old.[3] In comparison, the Sun is 4.6 billion years old[5] and has a temperature of 5778 K.[6] The star is somewhat metal-poor, with a metallicity ([Fe/H]) of −0.37, or 42% of the solar amount.[3] Its luminosity (L) is 21% that of the Sun.[3]

The star's apparent magnitude, or how bright it appears from Earth's perspective, is 13.65. Therefore, it is too dim to be seen with the naked eye.


Kepler-62c orbits its host star with an orbital period of 12 days at a distance of about 0.092 AU (compared to the distance of Mercury from the Sun, which is about 0.38 AU). It receives about 25 times more sunlight than Earth does from the Sun.[3]


In 2009, NASA's Kepler spacecraft was completing observing stars on its photometer, the instrument it uses to detect transit events, in which a planet crosses in front of and dims its host star for a brief and roughly regular period of time. In this last test, Kepler observed 50000 stars in the Kepler Input Catalog, including Kepler-62; the preliminary light curves were sent to the Kepler science team for analysis, who chose obvious planetary companions from the bunch for follow-up at observatories. Observations for the potential exoplanet candidates took place between 13 May 2009 and 17 March 2012. After observing the respective transits, which for Kepler-62c occurred roughly every 12 days (its orbital period), it was eventually concluded that a planetary body was responsible for the periodic 12-day transits. The discovery, along with the planetary system of the star Kepler-69 were announced on April 18, 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Brown, A. G. A.; et al. (Gaia collaboration) (August 2018). "Gaia Data Release 2: Summary of the contents and survey properties". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 616. A1. arXiv:1804.09365Freely accessible. Bibcode:2018A&A...616A...1GFreely accessible. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833051Freely accessible.  Gaia Data Release 2 Vizier catalog entry
  2. ^ "Kepler Input Catalog search result". Space Telescope Science Institute. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Borucki, William J.; et al. (18 April 2013). "Kepler-62: A Five-Planet System with Planets of 1.4 and 1.6 Earth Radii in the Habitable Zone". Science Express. 340: 587–90. arXiv:1304.7387Freely accessible. Bibcode:2013Sci...340..587B. doi:10.1126/science.1234702. PMID 23599262. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b NASA Kepler Discovers New Potentially Habitable Exoplanets Abel Mendez. April 18, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Fraser Cain (16 September 2008). "How Old is the Sun?". Universe Today. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Fraser Cain (15 September 2008). "Temperature of the Sun". Universe Today. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 

Coordinates: Sky map 18h 52m 51.06019s, +45° 20′ 59.507″