WashingtonScientists have been doing it for a long time. There have been signs of life in the form of microorganisms and frozen water on many planets, but there is still no solid physical evidence for this. The history of planets like Venus suggests that there was once life on planets close to Earth, but nothing of the sort has been observed here at present. With new technology, scientists can now understand space in a better way. Recently, there has been a big breakthrough in the hands of scientists, which has attracted the attention of the entire space community. An exoplanet has been discovered orbiting the star L98-59. This exoplanet is completely filled with water, due to which the possibility of life on it has increased manifold.
half the mass of VenusAccording to the BBC’s Sky at Night magazine, this planet is one of three planets discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in 2019. Its mass is half that of Venus. It is the smallest planet ever studied using radial velocity techniques. New planets are discovered every day in space, so how is their discovery special?
35 light years away from EarthThey have particularly attracted the attention of astronomers because of their resemblance to the inner planets of our solar system. This is special because the L98-59 star is located at a distance of 35 light years from Earth. This distance is less in terms of space. The Very Large Telescope used radial velocity techniques to determine the mass of the planets.
[Attribution to NBT]