Astronomers discovered Earth-sized planet only 72 light years away


Science News Desk – There are many such mysteries in space about which it is difficult to get information. A team of astronomers has discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet. It is being called K2-415b and it is orbiting an M dwarf star. Its distance from Earth is only 72 light years.

According to a report published in the Astronomical Journal, the discovery was made by an international team of astronomers led by Teruyuki Hirano of the Astrobiology Center in Japan. Hirano explains, “Some of the smaller planets around an M dwarf are important for the search for rocky planets and any planets with habitable conditions. This is a planet similar in size to Earth. It would be an interesting target for further findings.” Astronomers discovered the planet while analyzing data from the Kepler telescope.

After studying about this exoplanet, researchers came to know that its size is almost equal to that of Earth. It takes only four days to complete one orbit. It is likely to have an atmosphere, so it may be important for further research. The James Webb Telescope, the world’s largest telescope in space, has been giving us new information about the universe since last year. Recently this telescope discovered a planet outside the solar system. For the first time, this telescope has discovered a planet (exoplanet) outside our solar system, which is almost like Earth.

The term exoplanet is used for planets that do not orbit the Sun. This planet named LHS 475b is similar to our Earth. Its diameter is 99 percent of the Earth’s diameter. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) first detected this planet and then felt that it could be a planet. This was confirmed after inspection by James Webb Telescore. LHS 475 b is 41 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Octane. However, it is difficult to say how likely life is to exist on a planet like Earth.

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