(Credit: University of Montreal)
Scientists have discovered that there is an extra version of the Earth that could host life on a distant galaxy.
The planet with the name Q2-18b, is referred to as a rocky “super-earth”, which revolves around a Sun-like star.
And it is positioned in a solar-sweetspot — it is possible to make the host’s life-giving water.
Researchers at the University of Texas and the University of Montreal turned out to be the beautiful findings, which could indicate a perfect habitat for extraterrestrial life.
K2-18b even has a nearby sister planet, the smart, the K2-18c, but it is unlikely to host life, because it is slightly closer to the Sun.
Lead author Ryan Cloutier said: “it can measure the mass and density of the F2-18b was huge, but the discovery of a new extrasolar planet was happy and excited”.
But while the planets may be already filled with alien creatures, we will probably never know for sure.
They orbit a red dwarf star 111 light-years away — or 625,000,000,000,000,000 km away in the constellation Leo.
Techies were able to get the measure of the K2-18b using data from the European Southern Observatory collected with a High-Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (Harps) instrument.
Harps can help determine the mass and radius of a planet to work out the density.
They found the planet is mostly rock with a gaseous atmosphere, just like earth, but more research is needed to be sure.
Mr. Cloutier added: “If you like the mass and the radius, you can measure the bulk density of the planet and that can tell you what the biggest part of the planet is made of”.
“K2-18b is now one of the best targets for atmospheric research, it comes to near the top of the list.”
The research will be published in the journal Astronomy And Astrophysics.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.