Scientists Discover New Earth Sized Planet which Is Basically made of Ice

Searching for Earth-like planet is certainly one of the most interesting works out there and over last couple of years, we have managed to discover planets which are similar to ours. Recently, scientists have found another earth sized planet although the planet isn’t habitable since it’s basically made of ice.

The exoplanet OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, is nearly 13,000 light years away and has the same size of earth. However, the star of the planet is only 7.8 percent of our sun which means it doesn’t have enough energy to make the planet habitable.

However, the star is similar to the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1, which hosts seven recently discovered Earth-size planets. While the TRAPPIST-1 is basically similar, three or four of the seven planets are capable of supporting lives as the planets orbit the start much closer than the newly discovered planet.

Geoff Bryden, astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “Although we only have a handful of planetary systems with well-determined distances that are this far outside our solar system, the lack of Spitzer detections in the bulge suggests that planets may be less common toward the center of our galaxy than in the disk.”

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