NASA’s planet-hunting mission called TESS seems to have found a viable potentially habitable exoplanet that’s the size of Earth. This is orbiting a star about 100 light-years from Earth, says the agency.
These findings have been announced during the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society just the other day in Honolulu.
It’s been revealed that this planet is a part of a multi-planet system around “TOI 700, a small, cool M-dwarf star in the Dorado constellation. It’s only about 40% of our sun’s mass and size, with half of the surface temperature,” according to the latest data coming from CNN.
It’s been also unveiled that the planet is known as TOI 700 d, one of three orbiting the star.
“It’s at just the right distance to support liquid water on the surface in the star’s habitable zone,” CNN continues to write.
It’s been also revealed that astronomers have confirmed this massive discovery with the help of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope infrared features, and they continued with more observations.
It’s also important to note that they also modeled the planet’s potential environment in roder to investigate more the habitability of the planet.
This finding is a really exciting discovery for experts because it’s one of the very few potentially habitable planets that have been discovered outside of the solar system.
The planet has about the same size as Earth
More than that, it’s about the same size as Earth.
“TESS was designed and launched specifically to find Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby stars,” according to Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
He continued and explained that “Planets around nearby stars are easiest to follow-up with larger telescopes in space and on Earth. Discovering TOI 700 d is a key science finding for TESS. Confirming the planet’s size and habitable zone status with Spitzer is another win for Spitzer as it approaches the end of science operations this January.”
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