Recently discovered super-Earths could ‘potentially host life’

Recently discovered super-Earths could ‘potentially host life’

This illustration shows what the planets of Glisee 887 might look like.

Mark garlick

We have a new quest in the quest to determine whether or not we are alone in the universe. A team of astronomers involved in the planet-hunting Red Dots expedition have found two particularly intriguing super-Earths around the relatively nearby star Glisee 887.

Super-Earths are a planet larger than Earth, but much smaller than the ice giants Uranus and Nedune. The exoplanet (planets located outside our solar system) are called Glisee 887 and Glisee 887c. They have very few orbits around their host star, which is located 11 light-years away from us.

Astronomer Sandra Jeffers of the University of Gottingen in Germany is the lead author of a study on exoplanet published in Science on Thursday.

Apart from being close to the universe, these super-Earths are exciting for many reasons. For starters, they are located near the habitable zone of their star, an area where liquid water can exist. Subsequently, they can be rocky planets like Earth and Mars.

Even better is that the Glisee 887 is too quiet for a red dwarf star. Although misty compared to our own sun, red dwarfs are notorious for energetic flares that can flare a planet’s atmosphere. Gliese 887 is not very active. “This means that newly discovered planets can maintain their atmosphere, or have a thicker atmosphere than Earth, and potentially host life,” the University of Gottingen said in a release on Thursday.

There are a lot of mebs here, but these exoplanets have a lot of potential. Research suggests that they may be good targets for this NASA’s much delayed next generation James Webb Space Telescope Once it starts. The telescope may be able to tell us if the planet Glisee 887 is actually the atmosphere.

“These planets will provide the best possibilities for more detailed studies, including the discovery of life outside our solar system,” Jeffers said. The only disappointing news is that 11 light years is still far away for us to visit.

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