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Scientists discover new Saturn-like planet 60 times bigger than Earth



NASA has discovered a planet that has about 60 times the mass of Earth in a habitable area called Goldilocks.

planet it is provisionally calling TOI 197.01

  TOI (TESS Object of Interest) 197.01 is considered to be a 'hot Saturn'

NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope

TOI (TESS Object of Interest) 197.01 is considered to be a 'hot Saturn'

The giant planet circles a star which is slightly heavier and larger than our sun

Steve Kawaler, study co-author and Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, said: is the first bucketful of water from the fire hose of data we're getting from TESS.

"The thing that's exciting is that TESS is the only game in town for a while and the data are so good that we're planning we hadn't thought about it.

“Mayb e we can also see that the very faint stars – the white dwarfs – that are my first love and represent the future of our Sun and solar system. "

The planet, described in a paper that will be published in The Astronomical Journal

This indicates an orbiting planet

TESS was launched in April and is hunting for the world in an area in space called the Goldilocks zone.

Lisa Kaltenegger , lead author and member of the TESS Science team at Cornell University, said: "Life could exist on all sorts of worlds, but the child we know can support life is our own, so it makes sense to first look for Earth-like planets

"This catalog is important for TESS because anyone working with the data wants to know about which stars we can find the closest Earth analogs."

At least 408 stars may well be supporting planets the size of Earth which could receive a similar amount of radiation we receive from our sun.

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