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Alien-Life Hunting On New Earth-Like Planet GJ1132b

Apr 07, 2017 03:48 AM EDT


This is the first time, astronomers have found an atmosphere of exoplanet which is exactly same as Earth. It is a little bit larger than Earth. This exoplanet is known as GJ1132b.

It is said to be a ‘Super Earth’, which is 1.4 times larger than the Sun’s Earth.The dwarf star GJ1132b lies 39 light years away from Earth.

A recent study suggested, that the planet GJ1132b is fleeced in a thick layer of gasses. Experts claimed that these gasses consist of either water or methane or combined of both as reported by Mail Online.

Scientists are very much confident about this mission. They said this operation is making a major step forward in the search for Alien Life. The lead researcher Dr. John Southworth said, Earth is far cooler than GJ1132b, it has a surface temperate of 320 degree Celsius where the Earth has only 120 degree Celsius.

The planet GJ1132b was first discovered in 2015. It lies in the Vela constellation in the southern hemisphere. The orbit of this planet is much smaller, cooler and whey-faced than Sun.

A group of European astronomers was looking at the planet GJ1132b using ESSO two point two meters MGP telescope. They monitored that the planet has seven different wavelengths. It blocked some of the light of its host star as it passed in front of it.

An information shared by Space, that Earth atmosphere is fully covered with 78 percent of Nitrogen gas. On the other hand, Venus has a thick shroud of Carbon dioxide. But the planet GJ1132b atmosphere is likely rich in water vapor or methane.

Researchers say unlikely, that any life forms could survive on this world GJ1132b. The particular research is exciting because M-dwarf stars, like GJ 1132 are the most common star type in the galaxy. It makes 20 of the 30 nearest star on Earth.

Furthermore, the researchers added this planet is now high priority target for study. Using Hubble Telescope it is even more easy to study the atmosphere of GJ1132b. In future purpose, researchers could use James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to launch in 2018.

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