Found the system with earth-like planets,

Gwen Vasquez
June 12, 2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has made great strides in recent years, setting new records for satellite launches and putting a probe into orbit around Mars - all for incredibly efficient prices.

The scientists from the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, India, described the new planet as a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size exoplanet.

Being that close, you might think that the planets would be unbearably hot but the scientists say that might not be the case.

The first such system is removed from the Sun about 160 light years. The gravitational pull by any planet caused its sun-like stars to wobble around their common center of mass.

The team was able to identify a super-Neptune exoplanet, that is a planet bigger than Neptune also known as a sub-Saturn exoplanet. Now, India has joined the group of countries that have discovered planets around stars. K2-239 has a compact system, and three of its planets have a similar size to Earth, which orbit that star once every 7.8 and 10.1 days. It has the name EPIC 211945201 (K2-236) and thus, the planet has been given the name EPIC 211945201B (K2-236B).

ISRO website states that the 1.2 m InfraRed Telescope at Mount Abu is the first major facility in India that is specifically designed for ground-based infrared observations of celestial objects.

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The atmospheric temperatures around red stars are 3,450 and 3,800 K respectively. Also, they are extremely far away.

Paras spectrograph has also made independent measurements of the mass of the planet body as data from Nasa's K2 (Kepler2) photometry could not confirm the nature of the system. "Very few such spectrographs exist around the world (mostly in the US and in Europe) that can do such precise measurements", the official statement said.

However, calculations suggest that the heavy elements, ice, silicates, and iron content are 60-70 % of the total mass.

Though unique in its own way, this "epic" planet is one of 22 other confirmed exoplanet systems with the same dimensions.

Based on initial conclusions derived by the scientists, the EPIC is uninhabitable due to its surface temperature measuring about 600 degrees Celcius.

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