India discovers new planet, joins elite club

Scientists did not directly observe the planet but monitored the changes in the wavelength of light emitting from the star to deduce the presence of another body in its star system

Scientists Discover New Planet 'EPIC 211945201' 600 Light Years Away at Mount Abu Observatory

The researchers found the it has a compact system of at least three rocky planets of similar size to the Earth that orbit the star in much less time than earth does the Sun, being every 5.2, 7.8 and 10.1 days, respectively. The newly-found planet is reportedly 600 light years away from the Earth, and its mass is around 27 times that of the Earth.

This is the first of its kind spectrograph in the country, which can measure the mass of a planet going around a star and with this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars. Scientists have named this host star as EPIC 211945201 or K2-236 while the planet will be known as EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. The team found the planet to be smaller in size than Saturn and bigger than Neptune.

Astronomers from the University of Oviedo in Spain said that they were able to detect the system, which includes three earth-like planets, writes the Chronicle.info with reference for Today. These type of spectrographs exist mostly in the US and in the Europe that can do such precise measurements. "It's closer to Neptune", he said. Significantly, the discovery was made using a PRL-designed spectrograph, PARAS, to measure and confirm the mass of the new planet.

While we're not expecting to travel to Earth-like planets anytime soon, scientists are still preoccupied with finding them, if only to see that we're potentially not alone in the universe.

It is being reported that when it comes to the temperature of the three planets that are the same size as Earth, this is where the similarity ends as they would nearly certainly have surface temperatures that are much higher than our planet owing to the intense radiation given by the red dwarf star they orbit.

Importantly, this discovery could help scientists understand how these types of planets form so close to their host star.

Ahmedabad, India, have identified a new exoplanet, a super-Neptune planet, situated at 600 million light-years far from the Earth. Such a high temperature might make it uninhabitable for living creatures.

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