Astronomers have discovered a rocky new planet in the constellation Virgo that could be the best opportunity yet to study the atmosphere of such planets outside of our solar system. The planet is known as Gliese 486b and is classified as a super terrestrial planet. This means that it is a rocky planet larger than Earth but smaller than ice giants like Neptune and Uranus.
Gliese 486b orbits a red dwarf star about 26 light-years from Earth, making it a nearby cosmic neighbor. Operating surface temperatures Universe The temperature is around 430 degrees Celsius, which makes the planet so hot that it does not support human life. Scientists believe that studying the atmosphere of Gliese 486b could help figure out if similar planets could be habitable for humans or support another life.
This is the kind of planetary scientists who have dreamed of for decades, says a researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Researchers have known that the Rocky super planet is around nearby stars but they lacked the technology to find them until very recently. This discovery has the potential to change how scientists understand planetary atmospheres.
The only similarity between Gliese 486b and Earth is that it is a rocky planet. It is 30 percent larger than Earth and nearly three times heavier. With the surface warming enough to melt lead, the planet will likely be covered in lava rivers of glowing while super-Earths are common, there are two main reasons why Gliese 486b is special.
One reason is that its atmosphere is “swollen” by heat, which helps astronomers take measurements of the atmosphere. The second reason is that it is a transiting planet that transits its star from our perspective here on Earth, allowing scientists to make an in-depth analysis of the planet’s atmosphere. Gliese 486b is the type of planetary scientist that they will study for decades to come.