This rugby-ball shaped planet is 44% of Earth’s mass and 60% Earth’s diameter, revolving around a star approximately half the size of our Sun.
An exosolar planet has been found approximately 395 light-years from the Earth. Scientists have named it KOI 1843.03. Shaped like a rugby ball or an American football, this planet is one of the most iron-rich planets that scientists have ever come across.
Highlights! A rugby ball or American football like shaped far away Earth
- Life on Exoplanets
- Relationship of Iron and Life
- How could we benefit?
A planet that is outside the solar system must have iron in its primal built, in order to survive the rough gravitational forces that they might experience from an orbit that is in close proximity.
KOI 1843.03 aka Rugby Ball-shaped planet is supposedly made 66% of iron. Scientists are pretty sure that this planet is 44% of Earth’s mass and 60% Earth’s diameter. The star around which it orbits is said to be red and approximately half the size of our sun. Scientists also call it the red dwarf star.
Life on Exoplanets
As of now, there have been many substantial proofs backed up by decades of searches that our solar system doesn’t have a single planet except earth that might have any solid chances of any other lifeform’s existence. Hence, scientists began to look for answers far away and discovered the closest star to our solar system namely Proxima Centauri(4.25light years).
Kepler-425b is an exoplanet that is considered to be the twin of the earth in many senses and hence, got its nickname Earth 2.0. The only downside is that it is 1,402 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
Relationship of Iron and Life
It is the sixth most abundant element in the universe making it one of the prime indicators of life on any planet. Iron plays a pivotal role in almost every life form, both flora and fauna as it has the ability to transport oxygen to them by acting as a carrier.
Iron has the ability to transport oxygen to them by acting as a carrier.
It is what decides if the planet will be able to survive in the universe by succumbing to the gravitational magnitudes that circle around it. If a planet is rich in this element, then, it is also an indicator that the planet might be rich in other essential nutrients that are central for survival as well.
How could we benefit?
As we all are aware of the natural resources that are drained by the 7.8 billion of us. Scientists are always in a heated debate on whether the damage can be undone or not. The reality of it is, as of now, we do not have a concrete way to fix this and lead towards sustainable growth. Water scarcity, oil reserves are hitting rock bottom, natural gas, coal, and deforestation.
All of this indicates one thing……We messed up! If we all face a scenario where the earth doesn’t have enough to keep us going. We can’t do anything to revamp it all. Hence, we’d fetch resources from another planet. Therefore, the search for nutrient-dense planets is a must.