Scientists located in New Zealand have made a so-called “one in a million” discovery recently. What they have found is mind-blowing. It would appear that the researchers have stumbled upon a so-called a super-Earth planet.
A report was made in the tech news website TechExplorist, based in India. The report in TechExplorist talked about how a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Canterbury, United Kingdom, uncovered the super-Earth through the use of a microlensing method. The full details of the research have been published by the authors in The Astronomical Journal, a science-themed academic journal.
The exoplanet was given the name OGLE-2018-BLG-0677. It was originally noticed during the year 2018 with a Chilean telescope. The observation was then confirmed through the use of three identical telescopes found in Chile and two other countries located in the Southern hemisphere: South Africa and Australia. This was also reported in the India-based newspaper, TechExplorist.
The India-based newspaper TechExplorist also gave some more details about this newfound exoplanet and its celestial surroundings. First of all, the mass of the planet is not known exactly for now, but it is estimated to be at least equal to Earth’s mass and at most equal to Neptune’s mass. The star the planet is orbiting around probably has a smaller mass than that of our star, and the newfound super-Earth rotates around its star in about 617 days.
Herrera Martin, the leader of the team that conducted the study, declared that the combined gravity of the host star and the planet caused the light rays from a far-away start to magnify in a certain manner. This effect is known among scientific circles as a light-bending effect. This light-bending effect was measured with telescopes scattered all around the globe, to ensure the reliability of the study.