India achieves a new height, discovers new planet

Scientists Discover New Planet'EPIC 211945201 600 Light Years Away at Mount Abu Observatory

Scientists Discover New Planet'EPIC 211945201 600 Light Years Away at Mount Abu Observatory

In a conversation with Times of India, Chakraborty suggested that the planet was six hundred light years away from Earth and would be between Saturn and Neptune in size. It has a compact system of at least three rocky planets of similar size to the Earth (1.1, 1.0 and 1.1 Earth radii) that orbit the star every 5.2, 7.8 and 10.1 days, respectively. It is some 600 light years away from the Earth.

EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) is the name given to the planet by the discovery team led by PRL's Abhijit Chakraborty.

Being that close, you might think that the planets would be unbearably hot but the scientists say that might not be the case. The gravitational pull by any planet caused its sun-like stars to wobble around their common center of mass. The total mass of these elements was calculated at about 60 to 70 percent of planet EPIC's total mass. The atmospheric temperature of the red dwarf stars is said to be around the planets which may revolve and is about 3,450 and 3,800 K respectively.

The PARAS is the first spectrograph of its kind in India. Although the atmospheric temperature of red dwarf stars, around which these planets revolve, is 3,450 and 3,800 K respectively, nearly half the temperature of our Sun. The planet's environment is not suitable to support any kind of life forms, however, its size and mass are what holds the importance. It was designed by the members of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Division of PRL.

On the other hand, only a few such accurate and powerful spectrographs exist around the world, the majority of which being in the U.S. and Europe. And thus, the 1.2m telescope, PARAS, was put to use from the Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu, Rajasthan.

NASA's Kepler satellite, which was launched in 2009 as part of the K2 mission, has uncovered three Earth-sized planets in another solar system. It's very hard to discover an exoplanet because they are usually billions of times fainter than the stars they orbit. This is what they have so far discovered.

The first exoplanet was discovered in the early 1990s. According to a report, more than 3400 exoplanets have been discovered.