In one of the most remarkable scientific achievements, a sub-Saturn exoplanet was discovered by Indian scientists. The discovery was made by a scientific team led by Professor Abhijit Chakraborty of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has a detailed report on how scientists have made the breakthrough. The discovery of the new planet was made by calculating the mass of the planet using the “PRL Advance Radial-Speed Search Abu-sky Search” (PARAS) spectrograph integrated into the 1.2 m telescope at the Gurushikhar observatory. from PRL to Mount Abu, India. What is interesting is that it is the first spectrograph of its kind in India because it can measure the mass of a planet that revolves around a star.
India has joined the elite club of a handful of countries with this discovery of new planets around the stars. The name of the planet is EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. The name of the host star is EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.
Here are the highlights of the discovery discovered by Indian scientists:
1. EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b revolves around a Sun-like star about 600 light-years from our planet Earth.
2. The planet completes a revolution around its host star in about 19.5 days.
3. According to initial records, the surface temperature of the planet is about 600 ° C. This is due to the proximity of the planet to its host star. The planet is seven times closer to its star than the Earth-Sun distance. Naturally, the proximity of its host star makes the planet uninhabitable.
4.The discovery of such a planet is important to understand the formation mechanism of these super-Neptune or sub-Saturn planets that are close to its host star.
5. Scientists have been able to deduce what elements can be found on the newly discovered planet. Based on mass and radius, calculations based on the model of heavy elements, such as ice, silicates and iron content is at least 60-70% of the total mass.