Earth like planet orbiting two suns discovered by scientists
When you are on this new discovered Earth size planet, you will see two suns in the sky, although planets discovered so far around double-star systems are large and gaseous.
Scientists wondered if this earth like planet could support life. They examined how this planet’s climate would behave as it orbited the host stars with periods between 341 and 380 days. According to exoplanet research, a region called the “habitable zone,” the range of distances around a star where a terrestrial planet is most likely to have liquid water on its surface.
Water molecules are abundant in planetary systems forming around other stars, one of the requirements to support life.
The molecules have been found around the 20-million-year-old star Beta Pictoris. It is where a huge disk of dust and gas hints at collisions between comets, asteroids, and young planets
In a particular range of distances from two sun-like host stars, earth like planet covered in water would remain habitable and retain its water for a long time, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications.
“This means that double-star systems of the type studied here are excellent candidates to host habitable planets. Despite the large variations in the amount of starlight hypothetical planets in such a system would receive,” said Max Popp, associate research scholar at Princeton University in New Jersey, and the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.
Popp and Siegfried Eggl, a Caltech postdoctoral scholar at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, created a model for a planet in the Kepler-35 system. In reality, the stellar pair Kepler-35A and B host a planet called Kepler-35b, a giant planet about eight times the size of Earth, with an orbit of 131.5 Earth days.
For their study, researchers neglected the gravitational influence of this planet and added a hypothetical water-covered, Earth size planet around the Kepler-35 A and B stars.
NASA to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond earth
The new discoveries will be revealed in News Conference on Oceans Beyond. NASA will hold an event, to be held at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will include remote participation from experts across the country. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, according to NASA.
NASA announced, will also discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency’s Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 13. NASA picture of the day / IMAGE