Astronomers are really researching a wide variety of fields, as they want to get to know not only the celestial bodies they already know, but also the hitherto undiscovered world of the universe. So they came across a rock planet, one of the smallest objects known so far.
A celestial body called GJ 367 b it weighs 55 percent of Earth and is 72 percent in diameter, making it one of the smallest exoplanets known today, according to researchers.
Therefore, there can be no life on the planet
According to Szilárd Csizmadia, a researcher at the Planetary Research Institute of the German Space Research Center, because of its high density, it can be assumed that the planet has an inner core of iron, 86 percent of which may be iron. It is 31 light-years from Earth, orbiting its mother star in 7.7 hours, a red dwarf named GJ 367 that is roughly half the size of the Sun and cooler and less bright.
Scientists have added that the planet bears more resemblance to Mercury and does not think there would be life on its surface. There are several reasons for this, on the one hand it is exposed to high levels of radiation, 500 times stronger than the Earth, and on the other hand its surface temperature on the side that is constantly turning towards its star can reach 1500 degrees Celsius – at this temperature all rocks and metals melt.
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