Exoplanets: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021
NASA satellite finds 66 new exoplanets
Published: August 13, 2020
The NASA’s planet-hunter TESS has found 66 exoplanets or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2100 candidates as such candidates on which the astronomers are working to confirm if they have the chances to be called as planets. About TESS TESS stands for Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite and it scanned about 75 ..
Category: International Current Affairs
Existence of Earth like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri confirmed
Published: May 31, 2020
On May 30, 2020, the international team of scientists confirmed the existence of the planet that is of the size of the earth. The planet is revolving Proxima Centauri star in the Alpha Centauri star system. Highlights The planet has the mass of 1.17 times as that of the earth. The mass of the planet ..
Month: Current Affairs - May, 2020
Category: Science & Technology Current Affairs
Hubble Telescope finds Water Vapour on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet
Published: September 12, 2019
For the first time have Astronomers have discovered water vapour signatures in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system that resides in the habitable zone (the region around a star which can support liquid water given sufficient atmospheric pressure). Discovery of Water Vapour in Habitable Zone The Astronomers from the Center for Space ..
Topics: Aquarius • Astronomy • Circumstellar habitable zone • Discovery Program • Exoplanetology • Exoplanets • K2-155d • Kepler space telescope • Physical sciences • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence • Space observatories • Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Scientists discover water vapor in atmosphere of a super-Earth “K2-18b”
Published: September 12, 2019
For the first time, the astronomers at the University College London have discovered water vapour in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet called K2-18b. They used data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The exoplanet “K2-18b” is 8-times the mass of Earth and known as a super-Earth. It orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years away ..
Topics: Astronomy • Cygnus • Discoveries of exoplanets • Exoplanetology • Exoplanets • Extraterrestrial water • K2-155d • K2-18b • Kepler space telescope • Planetary science • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence • Super-Earth
NASA discovers first nearby super-earth planet GJ357d
Published: August 6, 2019
The NASA scientists have characterized the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system that may be suitable for life. The super-earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was spotted by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. It is estimated that planet is about six times the size of our planet and ..
Topics: Astronomy • Circumstellar habitable zone • Exoplanetology • Exoplanets • GJ 357 d • Observational astronomy • Planet • Planetary science • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence • Space Science • Super-Earth • Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite