The discovery of a giant planet may be fit for life


And according to the study, the results of which were published in the scientific journal “Science”, the discovered planet has a slightly cooler temperature than Venus, and it may have an atmosphere capable of hosting life.

The scientists used sophisticated observational methods to explore the planet orbiting a red dwarf star 26 light-years away.

The planet was called Gliese 486b, and it is 2.8 times more massive than Earth, and contains a composition of “iron silicates” similar to the composition of our planet, which are chemical compounds that contain oxygen and silicon ions, but they are hotter, as its surface temperature reaches To 428 degrees Celsius.

Scientists did not clarify the nature of life that is likely to arise on such a hot planet, but they emphasized the need for further research and studies, and that the bulk density indicates that it is not completely covered by water, but rather it is a giant earthy one.

Scientists usually use two methods in the exploration of planets, namely, transient light measurement and “radial Doppler”. “Spectroscopy” also detects chemicals in the atmosphere, and some of these chemicals may contain biological indicators produced by living organisms only.


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