NASA discovered an exoplanet similar to Earth: it has an atmosphere with a temperature of 40 degrees and could harbor life

NASA discovered an exoplanet similar to Earth: it has an atmosphere with a temperature of 40 degrees and could harbor life
NASA discovered an exoplanet similar to Earth: it has an atmosphere with a temperature of 40 degrees and could harbor life

The POT announced the discovery of a exoplanet similar in size to Earthlocated at 40 light years awaywhich would have a atmosphere with a temperature of 40 degrees and I could harbor life.

Called Gliese 12 bwas found in the Pisces constellationwhich is remarkably close to our solar system. The NASA team of astronomers found it through the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

According to the first information collected, it has an estimated surface temperature of 42 degrees, lower than most of the 5,500 celestial bodies confirmed so far.

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Gliese 12 b orbits its star, Gliese 12from a location so close that Its year lasts only 12.8 Earth days. However, because It is about a quarter the size of our Sunit is also a lot more cold than our star. This means that, although this body is at a distance from its star equivalent to only 7% of the distance between the Sun and the Earth, it is still It is located in the “habitable zone” of its planetary system.

“The most interesting thing is that this is a planet that It’s very close. In fact, it is one of the closest to Earth,” University College London scientist Larissa Palethorpe told Space.com.

In this regard, the magazine Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societywhich was where the discovery was published, concluded that “Gliese 12 b is a prime target for future detailed characterization studies” and “a unique candidate for both atmospheric and stellar study.”

“More detailed analysis will allow us to understand evolutionary and compositional trends, which is important as we try to infer the number of Earth analogs in our journey to understand our own place in the universe,” he concluded.

 
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