A recent discovery which was done by the scientists from India has found that a sub-Saturn exoplanet which orbits around the Sun-like Star and it is around 600 light years away.
This new exoplanet which was discovered by the Indian scientists has been named as EPIC 2119452201b or K2-236b. The size of the planet is said to be very big, and it is about 27 times more massive than Earth. These type of new findings have put India on a very small group of countries, and it has confirmed that the exoplanet is present outside the solar system.
The presence of exoplanets are nor rare during these days, and we have already confirmed about the existence of 3,786 exoplanets which are discovered till now. A majority of the exoplanet has been spotted, and the NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has confirmed it.
This planet has been spotted for the first time, and it has been listed as the candidate planet by Kepler. The team of Indian scientists confirmed this exoplanet and they said that it was a planet, not any comet or any other astronomical object.
This new exoplanet was founded by the researchers and was led by Abhijit Chakraborty, who is from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad. The team has spent nearly a year and a half at PRL’s Gurushikhar Observatory which was located in Mount Abu, India. When they are studying about the exoplanet, they have studied the changes that are occurring in the light which usually comes from the planet’s host star which was named as K2-236, and it performs the independent confirmation of the mass.
The report from the research team in the American Society’s Astronomical Journal and they have said that the report shows about the strong evidence for the sub-Saturn which was present around the EPIC 211945201 and it was confirmed as a planetary nature.
This exoplanet revolves around the sun-like a star, and it is roughly more than seven times closer to the star than Earth and Sun. The temperature of the planet is said to be around 600 degree Celsius, and it is likely to be too hot and dry to support the life system on the planet.