A ‘Waterworld’ like Kevin Costner film may have been found



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This is an artist’s rendering of a recently discovered “super-Earth-type exoplanet” that scientists believe might be a world covered with water.

This is an artist’s rendering of a just lately found “super-Earth-type exoplanet” that scientists imagine is perhaps a world coated with water.

Benoit Gougeon picture, Université de Montréal

A “super Earth” has been discovered 100 mild years away and scientists suspect it’s so much just like the “Waterworld” depicted in Kevin Costner’s 1995 science-fiction movie.

Named TOI-1452 b, the planet seems to be one large ocean, in accordance with the NASA Exoplanets Facebook web page.

Its ambiance — and potential to host life — are mysteries scientists hope to resolve with the assistance of NASA’s just lately deployed James Webb Space Telescope.

An worldwide crew led by the University of Montreal introduced the invention Wednesday, Aug. 24, and NASA shortly took to calling it “a water world.”

“The exoplanet … is slightly greater in size and mass than Earth and is located at distance from its star where its temperature would be neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface,” the college studies.

“Astronomers believe it could be an ‘ocean planet,’ a planet completely covered by a thick layer of water.”

In the movie “Waterworld,” future earth is depicted as a planet drowning in water after polar ice caps melted. Remnants of civilization are relegated to floating communities, the place the populace dream of discovering dry land.

Scientists say the “strange and wonderful” TOI-1452 b is almost 70% bigger than Earth “and its density can only be explained if a large fraction of (its) mass is made up of volatiles such as water.”

“TOI-1452 b is one of the best candidates for an ocean planet that we have found to date,” in accordance with an announcement launched by Charles Cadieux, a Ph.D. pupil who led the worldwide crew.

“Its radius and mass suggest a much lower density than what one would expect for a planet that is basically made up of metal and rock, like Earth.”

In our photo voltaic system, the closet comparisons are Jupiter’s Ganymede and Callisto, and Saturn’s Titan and Enceladus — 4 watery moons “believed to hide deep oceans under shells of ice,” NASA says.

The floor of the earth is 70% water, however water makes up just one% of the planet’s mass, scientists say. A pc simulation of situations on TOI-1452 b revealed “water could make up as much as 30% of its mass,” NASA studies.

Another large distinction: A 12 months on TOI-1452 b is simply 11 days, as a result of its proximity to a red-dwarf star that’s “smaller and cooler than our Sun.”

“The planet receives a similar amount of light from its star as Venus does from our sun,” NASA says.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, masking beats together with colleges, crime, immigration, LGBTQ points, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and artwork historical past, and a minor in geology.

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