India discovered a planet where a year lasts 19.5 days
Indian researchers have discovered a sub-Saturn exoplanet where a year lasts just 19.5 days.

Tyler MacDonald | 4 hours ago

Indian scientists have discovered a sub-Saturn exoplanet that orbits a Sun-like star approximately 600 light-years from the Milky Way. NamedEPIC 211945201b or K2-236b, this massive planet is 27 times bigger than the Earth.

The finding is the result of researcherAbhijit Chakraborty from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad and his team, which spent over a year atPRL's Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu, India.

Chakraborty and his team examined the changes in light coming from the planet's host star, namedEPIC 211945201 or K2-236, and also conducted an independent calculation to confirm its mass.

"We report here strong evidence for a sub-Saturn around EPIC 211945201 and confirm its planetary nature," the team wrote.

And because the planet is approximately seven times closer to its star than the Earth, a year lasts about 19.5 days.

The unique new discovery could help scientists better understand how these kinds of planets end up forming so close to their host star.

The discovery highlights India's advancing research and technology alongside the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has been setting new records with their recent satellite launches.

The findings were published in The Astronomical Journal.

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