Astronomers from the University of Canterbury (UC) in New Zealand have discovered a particularly rare super-Earth,media reported. “This new planet is one of the few exoplanets found so far that are large and close to Earth,” UC said in a statement released Monday. “
“Exoplanets” is another term for exoplanets, referring to planets that are located outside the solar system. Although the image of these planets is now only imagined by artists, they are still inquisitive when looking for these familiar distant worlds.
The newly discovered exoplanet, which lasts about 617 days a year, orbits a star with a much smaller mass than the sun, near a star protruding from the center of the Milky Way.
The researchers have published their latest findings in The Independent Journal.
Astronomers are known to have discovered the planet using gravitational microlensing. UC astronomer Antonio Herrera Martin said: “The combination of the planet’s gravitational pull with its host star makes light from more distant backgrounds magnified in a special way. We use telescopes around the world to measure the effect of light bending. “
The word “super-Earth” holds a lot of promise, but there is no guarantee that such planets will look like our Earth. According to NASA, “super-Earths” are 10 times larger than Earth, and their composition may be very different from Earth’s, some of which could be waterworlds or ice-state planets, or planets made up mainly of gas.