A Earth like planet with same features discovered at the center of our galaxy.
The particular super-Earth has been discovered by astronomers of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC). UC has released a statement on Monday which said, “The new planet is among only a handful of extra-solar planets that have been detected with both sizes and orbits close to that of Earth,”
At present there is only a artists’ impression of the planet. The exoplanet is also termed as “Extra- solar planet” which is described as a planet located outside our solar system.
Adding to the details the spotted exoplanet’s year lasts about 617 days and it travels around a lesser star than the sun. The Earth like planet is located near the Milky Way’s central bulge of stars.
The Astronomical Journal has been published this month with the researchers findings in full details.
A gravitational microlensing technique has been used by the astronomers to spot the planet. US astronomer Antonio Herrera said, “The combined gravity of the planet and its host star caused the light from a more distant background star to be magnified in a particular way. We used telescopes distributed around the world to measure the light-bending effect,”
NASA has described the super-Earth as up to 10 times more massive than the planet Earth and have added that it might vary in composition from water world to icy planets with the one made mainly of gas.
Even if the planet is termed as ” super-Earth” there will not be any assurance of the newly discovered planet to look anything like our own planet earth.
NASA have confirmed, potential habitable Kepler 62f as a part of the super-Earth discoveries.