Researchers discover a system with three Earth-sized planets

Scientists Discover New Planet'EPIC 211945201 600 Light Years Away at Mount Abu Observatory

It was also observed that K2-236b completed an orbit around the central star in 19.5 days. India has joined the elite club of a handful of countries with this discovery of new planets around stars. The newfound planet revolves around a Sun-like star which is some 600 light years away from Earth, reported The Times of India.

In the end, also in the news is the discovery of three Earth-sized planets, made by Spanish astronomers.

The planet has been discovered using an indigenous spectrograph known as PRL Advance Radial Velocity Abu-sky Search or PARAS along with a 1.2m Telescope. The team found the planet to be smaller in size than Saturn and bigger than Neptune.

Being that close, you might think that the planets would be unbearably hot but the scientists say that might not be the case. Isro said very few such spectrographs exist around the world (mostly in the U.S. and Europe) that can do such precise measurements. The surface temperature is quite high and is estimated to be around 600 degree Celsius.

A team of scientists from the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet around a sun-like star, according to a statement released by Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday. It contains at least three rocky planets, the radius of which is equal to or approximately equal to the earth, and the weight is 1.4, 0.9 and 1.3 times the mass of Earth.

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Based on the mass and radius, model-dependent calculations suggest that the heavy elements, like ice, silicates, and iron content is 60 to 70% of the total mass.

Asked for his view, Jayant Murthy, senior professor of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru, said Dr. Chakraborty's group is the only one in the country doing this important work and has spent several years in developing the facility. This is what they have so far discovered.

Exoplanets themselves aren't that rare these days - we have confirmed the existence of 3,786 of them.

Researchers at the PRL believes that the discovery of such planets will help them to study the formation of sub-Neptune or sub-Saturn like planets.

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