Super Earth

  • All of the planets in our solar system orbit around the Sun, those planets that orbit around other stars are called extra solar planets or exoplanets.
  • They are very hard to see directly with telescopes as they are hidden by the bright glare of the stars they orbit.
  • So, astronomers use other ways to detect and study these distant planets.
  • They search for exoplanets by looking at the effects these planets have on the stars they orbit.
  • According to NASA, Super Earths are quite common in our galaxy and these planets can be up to 10 times more massive than Earth. .
  • Recently astronomers got success when they found a rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy.
  • The planet is one of ‘only a handful of extra-solar planets that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of Earth.
  • According to the researchers, the planet’s host star is about 10% the mass of our Sun.
  • The Super Earth planet’s mass would be somewhere between that of Earth and Neptune, and would orbit at a location between Venus and Earth from the parent star.
  • The planet’s ‘year’ would be of approximately 617 days.

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