A group of astronomers have made a new find in the inner part of the Milky “womb”, finding a planet with an Earthlike atmosphere and the right atmospheric pressure to support life.
The astronomers, led by Professor Mark Latham from the University of Cambridge, published their findings in the journal Nature on Thursday.
“This is a big discovery,” Professor Latham said.
“The whole planet is just right.
It’s not a big lump of gas, so there’s a lot of water vapor, but that’s not the only thing.”
It has a rocky core, but its the right composition of rocks.
“And we’re not quite sure what kind of planet it is, but we do know that it’s in a habitable zone.”
Its a very interesting planet and we’re going to look for it when we have a chance.
“The team looked at the planets atmosphere and determined that its made of hydrogen, helium and carbon.”
They’re the kind of planets that could potentially harbour life, or potentially even support life, and they’re pretty different from our solar system,” Professor Simon Hockley, a researcher at the University at Albany in New York, said.
Dr Hockly said it was possible that the planet had a planet-like atmosphere.”
If it had a hydrogen atmosphere, we would expect life to exist on it,” Dr Hocky said.
However, Dr Hocksley said that in the absence of life on the planet, the atmosphere could have had some sort of chemical reaction with the planet’s hydrogen to produce carbon dioxide.”
So it’s possible that this could be the case.
But we don’t know for sure.
“What we know for certain is that the discovery of the planet is a surprise, Dr Latham added.”
There’s no question that it is a habitable planet, but it’s not an Earth analogue.
“We know that planets have atmospheres, and we know that they have atmosphes that are good for water vapor.
But if you look at a planet’s atmosphere, you can’t see the water.”
For the first time we have seen a planet that has that water vapor.
“The astronomers said the planet may have formed when a young star collapsed in on itself, and this could explain the planet-size planet.”
That’s the reason we’re interested in it,” Professor John Schuster, from the Institute of Astronomy in Princeton, New Jersey, said in a statement.”
One of the reasons for that is that we have the first planet that formed in a collapsed star.
“Professor Hocklyn said it would be a great way to explore what a planet in a star system might look like.”
That is very rare.”