Observing an extrasolar planet

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Science journal Nature published on Monday revealed a study in which the monitoring space telescope belonging to the Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA and for the first time about the existence of an empty atmosphere about the size of a rocky planet outside our solar system spins like a star in the galaxy.

The study noted that the surface of that distant planet is most likely similar to the surface of the outer moon or the surface of Mercury and possibly covered with dark volcanic rock.

Located 48.6 light-years from Earth , the planet is one of more than 4,000 objects called extrasolar planets, and has been discovered over the past two decades orbiting distant stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

Red dwarfs

Scientists call the planet LHS 3488B, about 1.3 times the size of the planet and its 11-hour cycle. It orbits a relatively cool little star called Red Dwarfs, the most common type of star. Common and longest survival in the galaxy.

The study says the planet’s lack of atmosphere may be due to the intense radiation from the mother’s red dwarf star, which emits high levels of ultraviolet radiation, even though it is opaque by stellar standards.

The study is likely to increase debate among astronomers about whether the search for conditions in which life can be found outside our solar system should focus on planets in the vicinity of red dwarfs, which account for about 75 percent of the Milky Way stars or on less common, larger stars. And hotter more like the sun.


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