India discovers new planet, joins elite club

Cesar Mills
June 12, 2018

Indian researchers at Physics Research Laboratory (PRL), for the first time, have succeeded in detecting a planet revolving around a star. ISRO has issued a detailed report on this discovery. The discovery was made by measuring the mass of the planet using the indigenously designed "PRL Advance Radial-velocity Abu-sky Search" (PARAS) spectrograph, integrated with a 1.2m telescope at PRL's Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu. It's a super-Neptune or sub-Saturn size, which is of 27X Earth's mass and 6X Earth's radius. "It's closer to Neptune", he said.

While the planet is orbiting a Sun-like star, it's also roughly more than seven times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun, which means the temperature could be around 600 degrees Celsius and likely too hot and dry to support life. Such a high temperature might make it uninhabitable for living creatures.

"With this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars", PRL's parent Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. However, the planet will also be called as EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b.

The name of the host star is EPIC 211945201 or K2-236. The total mass of these elements was calculated at about 60 to 70 percent of planet EPIC's total mass.

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Astronomers from the Spanish University of Oviedo according to the telescope "Kepler" has come to the conclusion that in space there are two new planetary systems and three earth-like planets.

Specifically, the PARAS made it possible for the scientists to measure how planet EPIC correlates to the amplitude produced when its host star responds to its orbit. Additionally, Kepler has revealed the existence of another 2,245 planets. Also, they are extremely far away. Very few such spectrographs exist around the world (mostly in the U.S. and in the Europe) that can do such precise measurements.

The system K2-239 planetary system is composed of three rocky planets, as already mentioned, all of which are of the same size with the Earth but more turbulent and not appropriate for life, as they are orbiting very close to their star.

The planet orbits a Sun-like star 600 light-years away. The scientists have used a PARAS spectrograph for calculating the mass of the planet.

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