This week, researchers reported the finding of a “water world,” a nearby “super-Earth” that may be capable of harboring life.
Exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, are a diverse group. Some are gas giants like Jupiter, but they’re hotter than Jupiter because they orbit their stars closer than Mercury approaches the Sun. Others are frozen worlds, while still others may have clouds and rain of liquid gem stones.
And some of them may support life as we know it elsewhere. alternatively while we don’t.
Since the 1990s, thousands of these worlds have been discovered by scientists, and exoplanet research has already changed how they view the cosmos and how we fit into it.
The team, led by the University of Montreal, discovered the exoplanet, which is described as potentially rocky like Earth but larger, using images from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and telescopes on the ground. It is known as TOI-1452 b and orbits a red dwarf star around 100 light years from Earth, which is considered to be “quite close” by scientists.
Other ocean planets have long been speculated by scientists, but it has been challenging to confirm them. More research is required because TOI-1452 b is nearly five times as massive and roughly 70% larger than Earth, which is consistent with having a very deep ocean.
NASA’s Webb detects carbon dioxide in exoplanet atmosphere
The atmosphere of a planet outside of our solar system has the first conclusive evidence of carbon dioxide in its atmosphere, according to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. This observation of a gas giant planet 700 light-years from Earth orbiting a Sun-like star sheds light on the planet’s makeup and development. The discovery, which has been approved for publication in Nature, provides proof that Webb might one day be able to identify and analyze carbon dioxide in the thinner atmospheres of smaller rocky planets.
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