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WOW! NASA finds a Super Earth with the possibility of water in it; Does it have alien life?

NASA recently discovered a new super Earth that orbits an M-type star. Scientists believe that this exoplanet can contain water in it and support life. Does it have alien life thriving? Find out.

| Updated on: Aug 16 2022, 17:43 IST
Earth has craters just like the Moon! Here is what NASA says
1/5 Other than the Moon and our Solar System, Earth too has been hit by several asteroids and other objects creating craters on its surface. But it needs to be noted that not every object heading towards Earth reaches its ground mainly because of the atmospheric layers. Here are some of the biggest craters impact that dented the surface of the Earth. (Google Earth)
2/5 What is an impact crater? According to the information provided by Space Place, NASA, "An impact crater is formed when an object like an asteroid or meteorite crashes into the surface of a larger solid object like a planet or a moon. To form a true impact crater, this object needs to be traveling extremely fast—many thousands of miles per hour! When a solid object crashes into something at these super fast speeds, it forms a crater regardless of how hard or tough it is." (Pixabay)
3/5 Evidence of really big impacts – such as Arizona’s Meteor Crater – is harder to find on Earth. The impact history of our home world has largely been erased by weather and water or buried under lava, rock, or ice. Nonetheless, we still find new giant craters occasionally, NASA said. In 2019, a NASA glaciologist discovered a possible impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland. That followed the finding, announced in November 2018, of a 19-mile-wide crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier – the first meteorite impact crater ever discovered under Earth’s ice sheets. Though these impact sites in northwest Greenland are only 114 miles apart, at present they do not appear to have formed at the same time. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Meteor Crater (also known as Barringer Crater) in Arizona was the first crater discovered to be formed by an extraterrestrial impact. It formed 50,000 years ago from a meteorite that may have been up to about 150 feet wide traveling more than 28,000 mph, according to the information provided by NASA. (National Map Seamless Server (USGS))
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5/5 Vredefort crater in South Africa is the largest known impact crater on Earth—almost 200 miles across. At over 2 billion years old, it is also one of the oldest. Because of erosion over this long time period, the crater is a bit difficult to see. (NASA)
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All you may need to know about the new super Earth discovered by NASA. It might have aliens. (Pixabay)

While the talk of the town remains the NASA James Webb Space Telescope, its other telescopes are working just as hard. Proving the claim, the NASA Subaru telescope recently made an unbelievable discovery. The telescope spotted an exoplanet which shocked all astronomers. It appears that the rocky planet, located 37 light years from us, can potentially contain water and support life, including advanced life. It is orbiting around an M-type star (red dwarf star). The planet is called Ross 508 b and has a mass four times that of Earth. Its estimated radius is 1.83 times of the Earth and around 0.18 times the mass of the Sun.

Located about 37 light years away from us, the super-Earth orbits its star in 10.8 days. It is located approximately 0.05366 AU (astronomical units, a measure of distances in space) from its star.

NASA finds a super Earth which might contain aliens

Explaining more about the recent discovery, NASA mentioned in its blog, “Its orbit takes it in, and out, of its star's habitable zone. Such a planet may be able to retain water on its surface and will be an important target for future observations to study the possibility of life around low-mass stars like the M dwarf it orbits.”

Talking about The Ross 508 b, it is a super Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. Its mass is 4 Earths, it takes 10.8 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.05366 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in 2022. Its orbit takes it in, and out, of its star's habitable zone.

It should be noted that super-Earths are a classification of planets that are more massive than Earth yet lighter than ice giants like Neptune and Uranus, and can be made of gas, rock or a combination of both. They are between twice the size of Earth and up to 10 times its mass, according to NASA.

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First Published Date: 16 Aug, 17:43 IST