Astronomers spot Super-Earth K2-18b planet where alien life might exists


The continuous research for extra-solar planets has changed up some fascinating findings. Apart from planets that are large versions of their Solar counterparts, there have been a number of planets that balance the line between groups. A recently discovered planet named Super Earth unveiling that it could hold many of the critical components of alien life. This solid planet which could be a scaled up version of Earth revolves around its star in the comfortable zone that indicates that it may be covered in liquid water and can be a planet with alien life. The planet’s rocky structure and distance from its star, making it an essential candidate for life as we understand it.

The latest study, by scientists at the University of Texas, Scarborough, and the University of Montreal, Canada, was conducted out using the data from the European Southern Observatory. They also found for the first time that the planet has a friend, named K2-18b. Both the planets revolve around the red-dwarf star K2-18, which is 111 light years from Earth. The lead author Ryan Cloutier, from the University of Montreal, stated that being able to cover the mass and density of K2-18b was enormous but to find a new exoplanet was fortunate and equally exciting.

They found that the planet is probably mostly rocky with a gaseous atmosphere – like Earth, only more significant, however, it may be a predominantly water planet with a thick layer of ice, so further investigation is needed. This study has inspired researchers already making programs to study it further as humans continue our search for the first contact. K2-18b offers a unique chance for research when NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will launch in 2019.

Researcher Professor René Doyon said that there’s a lot of demand to use this telescope, so you have to be accurate in picking which exoplanets to look at. James Webb Space Telescope is created to observe some of the most distant events and object in the cosmos in the most exceptional clarity. The telescope will be able to find objects beyond the range of our current space-based instruments.

This planet is unusual among those observed by humans with NASA earlier believing such a world could not exist. The unique structure of the planet indicates it could redefine the way investigators think gas giants information.

Wasp-18b’s remarkably close orbit to its star and lack of an Ozone adds to the unfriendly environment of the planet which is ten times larger than our solar system’s most prominent, Jupiter.

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Kanishk Singh

Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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