Astronomers have looked closely at a Saturn-sized exoplanet and found that it may be similar in temperature to Earth,media CNET reported. Although the exoplanet is unlikely to be livable, it may have an extra-system satellite perfectly suited to extraterrestrial life.
The exoplanet HIP41378 f orbits the F-type star HIP41378, which is about 10 percent hoter than the sun. The star is about 336 light-years from Earth.
A new paper by the International Team of Astronomers will detail the scientific opportunities presented by hip41378 f, a rare extraterrestrial gas giant in the habitable zone. Because telescopes make it easier to study large planets, HIP41378f could be useful to scientists who want to study the atmospheres of distant worlds and test global climate models for Earth and planets in our solar system.
“The planet is likely to consist of an atmosphere dominated by hydrogen and helium and a very small core,” the draft paper reads. A draft of the paper has been submitted to Nature Astronomy but has not yet been peer-reviewed. “Such a low-density planet … is a planet that is so low-density. It is not possible to predict the formation and evolution of current exoplanets, and it will be a challenge to interpret their history. “
Astronomers have used current models to discover that this is a strange world. But astronomers write that this may be due to the presence of rings around the planet, which makes it look larger than it actually is, making its density measurements lower than expected. “Another explanation is that HIP41378f is a ‘super-puffed’ planet,” they said. “
The team believes the exoplanet will be a major target for the next generation of telescopes, such as NASA’s upcoming James Webb space telescope or the European PLATO mission. “Although this huge gas giant planet may not be livable, it may have a livable extra-terrestrial satellite … (It) is one of the best planets to look for habitable extraterrestrial satellites. “
But while astronomers think they may have found something, these observations have not been fully confirmed.