India discovers new planet, joins elite club

Speaking to TOI from Ahmedabad, Chakraborty said the new planet, which is 600 light years away from Earth, was between the size of Saturn and Neptune. This announcement was done by the Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) on June 8, 2018.

It is being reported that when it comes to the temperature of the three planets that are the same size as Earth, this is where the similarity ends as they would nearly certainly have surface temperatures that are much higher than our planet owing to the intense radiation given by the red dwarf star they orbit.

Researchers at the PRL believes that the discovery of such planets will help them to study the formation of sub-Neptune or sub-Saturn like planets. Its mass is about 27 times Earth's and six times that of Earth at radius. We've already messed up our planet pretty badly, and even if we don't push the Earth completely over the edge ourselves there's the simple fact that no planet lasts forever.

The planets, which were discovered around a star called K2-239, are incredibly close to Earth in overall size, with radii measuring between 1.0 and 1.1 times that of our own planet. This is the first of its kind spectrograph in the country, which can measure the mass of a planet moving around a star. It has the name EPIC 211945201 (K2-236) and thus, the planet has been given the name EPIC 211945201B (K2-236B).

Rashid Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series sweep over Bangladesh
All hopes of a good start fizzled away as senior statesman Tamim Iqbal succumbed to rising star Mujeeb Ur Rahman for just 5 runs. With No 4 batsman Samiullah Shenwari remaining not out on 33, the designated home side lost six wickets in the allotted overs.

In the end, also in the news is the discovery of three Earth-sized planets, made by Spanish astronomers.

ISRO website states that the 1.2 m InfraRed Telescope at Mount Abu is the first major facility in India that is specifically designed for ground-based infrared observations of celestial objects.

The two new planets were found to reside in the Habitable Zone. It is expected to be launched in 2020. "Over the next few years, I expect that they will be able to make further contributions to this exciting field of astronomy". It's very hard to discover an exoplanet because they are usually billions of times fainter than the stars they orbit. According to a report, more than 3400 exoplanets have been discovered.

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