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Scientists discover potentially habitable Earth-like Exoplanets having large quantity of water

A Latest Study, Led By An International Team Of Scientists At The Geneva Observatory In Switzerland, MIT, Has Found That, Seven Earth-like Exoplanets Are Orbiting The Ultra-cool Dim Red Star TRAPPIST-1. The Dwarf Star Is Roughly 39 Light-years Away From Our Planet Earth.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 02 Sep 2017, 11:04:30 PM

New Delhi:

If you are pissed off with this tiring Earthly life and looking for something different and unique, scientists have something exciting in their store for you.

A latest study, led by an international team of scientists at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland, MIT, has found that, seven earth-like exoplanets are orbiting the ultra-cool dim red star TRAPPIST-1. The dwarf star is roughly 39 light-years away from our planet Earth.

Quite interestingly, all of these planets possess significant stores of water and have potential for life. Three of these potentially habitable planets are also said to be within the habitable zone of the star, astronomers discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope.

The latest findings, published in The Astronomical Journal, suggest that TRAPPIST-1, located in the constellation of Aquarius, is far more dimmer than our Sun, a bit less than half as warm, and only slightly larger in diameter than Jupiter.

Since ultraviolet radiation can affect the reserver of water and organic molecules, scientists measure the current ultraviolet radiation of the planets.

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The study includes that the heat and radiation from the star may have sucked a huge amount of water from all of Earth's oceans over the last 8 billion years.

Talking about their latest inventions co-author Julien de Wit, a postdoc in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences has said, "In terms of habitability, this is a positive step forward to say that hopes are still high."

"This concludes that a few of these outer planets could have been able to hold onto some water, if they accumulated enough during their formation. But we need to gather more information and actually see a hint of water, which we haven’t found yet," Julien stated further.

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First Published : 02 Sep 2017, 11:02:02 PM