Earth-Like “Super Earth” Discovered
With so many scientific discoveries made this year, the group of astrobiology researchers at Atonomi has an especially amazing one: a potential super Earth covered in water! In order to make the discovery, the researchers conducted a water survey, which is just one part of their ongoing research for developing molecules capable of supporting life.
What is a Super Earth?
A Super Earth is a planet that is much larger than Earth and has an atmosphere and climate similar to Earth’s. Scientists have discovered a planet that meets these criteria orbiting a distant star, providing hope that we may find an Earth-like planet in our galaxy.
What Makes This
Super Earth So Unique?
When astronomers made their discovery of the potentially earth-like Super Earth it was a big surprise. Not only was it orbiting a star just like our own, but it was also quite similar in size. But what makes this planet so unique? According to researchers at the University of Geneva, this new world has many things going for it that make it a prime candidate for harboring life.
One of the main reasons is that its atmosphere is composed of about fifty percent oxygen, which is much higher than on Earth. Another plus is that the surface temperature is pleasantly mild, averaging about twenty degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). These factors together could make this planet an ideal place to explore for signs of life.
However, before we can get too excited we need to verify that this Super Earth actually exists. The team behind the discovery still needs to gather more data in order to be sure. If all goes well, they may announce their findings at a major science conference later this year.
How Did Scientists Discover This Planet?
Recently, astronomers announced that they had discovered a planet similar to Earth in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. Dubbed Kepler-1625b,this planet lies within the so-called Goldilocks Zone – meaning that it is not too cold or too hot for liquid water to exist on the surface. While this discovery is exciting news, it raises several questions about how scientists found the promising planet and what we can learn from it about finding similar planets around other stars.
Kepler-1625b was discovered using data from the Kepler telescope, which has been used to detect more than 2,000 planets by monitoring the small decrease in light coming from a target star when an orbiting Earth-like planet transits in front of it. By studying variations in brightness caused by the planet’s slight variations in distance from its star, astronomers were able to determine that it was most likely located within the habitable zone – a range of distances around a sun-like star where liquid water could exist on the surface.
While Kepler-1625b is not yet known to be hospitable to life as we know it, this discovery demonstrates that our understanding of exoplanet biology is continuing to evolve and
Observations on the Discovery
The discovery of a new planet has been reported that may be similar to Earth in many ways. The newly discovered planet, dubbed Super Earth, was found by astronomers using a telescope in Chile. The planet is about the size of Earth and lies relatively close to its sun, at about 20 billion miles from the star.
According to the scientists who made the discovery, Super Earth may have a temperate climate with oceans on its surface. It is also possible that there may be water-based life on the planet. This is the first time that astronomers have found a potential Earth twin or habitable planet that is similar to our own in size and location.
This discovery raises many questions about whether or not we are Alone in the Universe and brings hope that there may be other civilizations out there like ours.
The Search Continues
The search for habitable exoplanets continued this week with the discovery of a super Earth orbiting a sun-like star. Dubbed Gliese 581g, the new planet is about twice the size of our own Earth and orbits its star within the Goldilocks zone—the distance from the star that allows liquid water to exist on the planet’s surface. If Gliese 581g has an atmosphere like ours, it might be able to support life.
The discovery was made using the radial velocity method, which measures how a planet’s gravity induces wobbles in its parent star’s light. Gliese 581g was found to be moving more quickly than expected around its star, indicating that it might be held together by a strong gravitational force. The planet is about 42 light years from Earth and could possibly be reached in about 20 years using current technology.
While further study is needed to determine if Gliese 581g is really a habitable planet, this discovery adds another potentially habitable world to the growing list of exoplanets known to science. And with technology getting better and cheaper by the day, we may soon find out if these planets are