A “super Earth” has been discovered 100 mild years away and scientists suspect it’s quite a bit just like the “Waterworld” depicted in Kevin Costner’s 1995 science-fiction movie.
Named TOI-1452 b, the planet seems to be one massive ocean, based on the NASA Exoplanets Facebook web page.
Its environment — and potential to host life — are mysteries scientists hope to resolve with the assistance of NASA’s not too long ago deployed James Webb Space Telescope.
An worldwide workforce 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 experiences.
“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,” based on an announcement launched by Charles Cadieux, a Ph.D. pupil who led the worldwide workforce.
“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 only one% of the planet’s mass, scientists say. A pc simulation of circumstances on TOI-1452 b revealed “water could make up as much as 30% of its mass,” NASA experiences.
Another massive distinction: A yr on TOI-1452 b is barely 11 days, resulting from 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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