water With the Hubble telescope, scientists discovered a planet in the atmosphere. Could be this Planet, a second earth?
"We have only one earth", chant the protesters of Fridays for the Future, again and again. That's true, but researchers search the space, constantly looking for life-friendly planets.
Using the Hubble telescope is researchers now is a very special Planet in front of the lens: Because, thanks to the Hubble telescope, they discovered the planet K2-18 b. The Planet is eight Times as large as the earth, and is 110 light years away.
New Planet has water in the atmosphere
Especially to K2-18 B: The researchers discovered the atmosphere of the planet, which was broken by the light of a red dwarf star: The planet's atmosphere contains steam. Thus, the K2-18 b could be theoretically habitable, according to the specialist magazine, Nature, Astronomy.
But only theoretically, because, apart from the atmosphere, the researchers were able to analyze, nothing else on the planet. Whether there is actually liquid water of the potential earth, is not established. If the existence of this planet can confirm, he is, according to researchers in the category "Super-earths".
the new Planet Could be a second earth?
life on K2-18 b could not yet be demonstrated. The researchers expect, however, that he is a red dwarf star that revolves around the new water-planet, it could be dangerous for living beings. This dwarf known stars are regular outbreaks. Strong UV is very and x - ray radiation, which can be for living beings without special protection mechanisms, fatal, reported scinexx.de.
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For the researchers, this discovery nevertheless a unique opportunity to get "more insights into the composition and the climate of exoplanets in the habitable Zone", Angelios Tsiaras from University College London said. Tsiaras is one of the authors of the study on the new water-planet.
Also on other planets water is discovered
Only Recently discovered by Nasa scientists a possible "Super-earth". This Planet was discovered with the satellite, TESS, and is located closer to the earth than K2-18 b, because the "Super-earth" is only 73 light years.
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