Everything About The Super-Earth K2-18b That May Host Alien Life.

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According to the study done by a team of scientists and in the tireless search to find another alien earth in the universe, they’ve found an interesting place to investigate. That’s the Super-Earth K2-18b. This exoplanet has been described as a large rocky planet being suitable to support life.

How and when the Super-Earth K2-18b was discovered?

In early January 2015, NASA announced about this planet K2-18b, along with the other two known planets in the K2-3 system. It was announced as a part of the first results from the second mission of the Kepler spacecraft.  This spacecraft was launched from Kepler space observatory of NASA in order to discover Earth-size planets orbiting other stars.

How the research was carried on The Super-Earth K2-18b?

Using data from the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), researchers were able to learn more about K2-18b. The team carefully observed radial velocity data about K2-18b’s star i.e. the K2-18, in order to determine the planet’s mass.

What actually is the Super-Earth K2-18b?

In short, K2-18b also known as EPIC 201912552 b is an exoplanet(a planet which orbits a star outside the solar system) orbiting the red dwarf star K2-18 every 33 days. It is 111 light years(1,050,141,082,456,468.8 Kilometers) away in the constellation Leo.

What’s exciting about the Super-Earth K2-18b?

This planet was found to be orbiting within the star’s habitable zone, which happens to be a red dwarf. Thus, making it an ideal exoplanet to have liquid surface water and potentially, life. The presence of water is yet under controversy.

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What’s so controversial about the Super-Earth K2-18b?

The planet may have a rocky surface and an atmosphere similar to that of Earth’s. However, it is also not to be sure that it could be primarily water-based with a thick ice surface with same assumptions of having oceans of liquid water on its surface.

Check out the video below, by the youtube channel Aban Tech to know more.

It’s the one just perfect to get included in the List of Awesome Exoplanets in the universe.

Ronit Dey

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