Astronomers discovered an ocean planet that has the right temperature for life. It is like a “water world”, a planet that has an ocean and nothing else.
Accordingly, it is orbiting a star, and is about some 100 light years from Earth. The ocean planet is in the “Goldilocks zone” or “habitable zone”. However, its temperature would be just right for liquid water to exist on the surface.
Astronomers Discovered Ocean Planet
Astronomers have recently found an ocean planet. Accordingly, it is just like earth. And, it can retain its liquid water, as the distance from its star means it isn’t too hot or too cold.
Interestingly, astronomers have given the name to the planet, TOI-1452 b. And, the planet is slightly greater in size and mass than Earth. Moreover, it has lower density than Earth.
Now, the scientists think it may be covered by a thick layer of water. However, the Ocean planets are of particular interest to astronomers and space enthusiasts alike.
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TESS Spotted Ocean Planet For The First Time
Astronomers working on the study have called TOI-1452 b. That is one of the best ocean planet candidates discovered so far. Accordingly, NASA’s space telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have first spotted the ocean planet.
Additionally, the TESS surveys the entire sky to spot exoplanets around and nearby bright stars. Then, TESS saw a slight decrease in brightness of a star in a binary star system every 11 days.
However, the astronomers determined from this data a planet about 70 per cent larger than Earth.
Statement Of Charles Cadieux
Charles Cardieux is a member of the institute for research on Exoplanets. He said:
“This was no routine check.”
“We had to make sure the signal detected by TESS was really caused by an exoplanet. That is circling TOI-1452, the largest of the two stars in that binary system”.
He further said:
“TOI-1452 b is one of the best candidates for an ocean planet that we have found to date.”
“Its radius and mass suggest a much lower density than what one would expect for a planet. That is basically made up of metal and rock, like Earth”.