Exoplanet: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Arecibo Telescope: Key Facts

Published: December 4, 2020

Built in 1963, Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Telescope was built in 1963. It is the second-largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. It was in news recently because of its collapse. It is owned by the US National Science Foundation. It is known for its finding that Mercury rotates in 59 days and not 88 days ..

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Birth of New Planets witnessed first time in human history

Published: May 31, 2020

The SPHERE instrument of the Very Large Telescope has captured the birth of new planet in the AB Aurigae star system recently. This is the first time in human history the birth of a star is being witnessed. Highlights The birth of the new star was depicted by the European Southern Observatory. The image depicts ..

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Super Earth discovered

Published: May 18, 2020

The scientists from New Zealand have discovered the “Super Earth”. It potentially holds the conditions to sustain human life. Highlights The super earth is one of the handful of planets discovered that are of the same size and orbiting distance as that of the earth. The host star of the planet is 10% the mass ..

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Orbital Resonance

Published: April 24, 2020

Scientists have discovered that the planets surrounding the HD 158259 star are in an almost perfect orbital harmony. About the Stellar System The stellar system of HD 158259 is composed of 6 planets. One of them is a super-earth and the other 5 are mini-neptunes. This planet system is 88 light years away from our ..

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Scientists discover nearest-known exoplanet

Published: February 15, 2020

Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology Scientists recently discovered an exo-planet, which is closer to Earth than any other planet. The newly discovered planet named ‘2MASS 1155-7919 b’ is only 330 light years away from the earth. It is spotted by the scientists beyond our solar system and the findings were published in Research Notes ..

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