New planet discovered by NASA 2021

New planet discovered by NASA 2021 : Scientists of NASA discovered new exoplanet ” TOl1231 b “

New planet discovered by NASA 2021
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Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories and the University of New Maxico has discovered a new planet out of the solar system that is similar to earth in terms of temperature.

  • The planet had been named ” TOl1231 b ” but the scientist also like to call it a Sub Neptune, given it’s size.
  • The exoplanet, which is larger than Earth and smaller than Neptune, is about 90 light-years away from the earth and may contain clouds in its atmosphere.
  • Astronomers used photometric data from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS), NASA’s space telescope that was launched in April 2018.
  • The exoplanet, TOI-1231 b, is followed up with observations using the Planet Finder Spectrograph (PFS) on the Magellan Clay telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
  • The PFS is a sophisticated instrument that detects exoplanets through their gravitational influence on their host stars.
  • Scientists used a method called the transit method to study the properties of the exoplanet.
  • Planet stays relatively cool despite its close orbit because its star also is on the cooler side.

Important takeaways of NASA :

  • NASA : National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Founded: 29 July 1958
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