According to scientists Earth-like planets 'not as rare as previously thought'

2023-04-17 15:06:30 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-04-17 15:18:15

As scientists continue their search for the new world, a striking study has been revealed. According to a group of researchers, exoplanets similar to our planet Earth may not be as rare as previously thought.

According to scientists Earth-like planets 'not as rare as previously thought'
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According to the news of the New Atlas, scientists from the University of California (UCLA) conducted a study on how water forms on young exoplanets with hydrogen atmospheres and oceans of molten magma. The study, carried out in collaboration with the Carnegie Institute for Science, shows that water-bearing exoplanets may not be as rare as previously thought, and that the presence of water on Earth-like exoplanets may be almost certain.

Based on data on rocky 'Super-Earths' orbiting red dwarf stars, the researchers developed mathematical models of how young planets with atmospheres rich in hydrogen and magma oceans exchange materials at the point of certain compounds and reactions.


The team, led by UCLA professor Ed Young, found that hydrogen dissolves in liquid and hot magma, producing water as a result of its interaction with oxygen. Because the researchers thought these conditions were common on Earth-like exoplanets, they inferred that this meant that water above them would also be common. In this case, scientists concluded that there are more Earth-like exoplanets than previously thought.

"Throughout history, as we learn new things about ourselves, we see how typical Earth is. If we change our perspective about our place in the universe, this can change the way we approach our future research conduct and we can make more earth-shattering discoveries," Young said.

The next phase of the study, published in the journal Nature, will be to conduct a more detailed study of the atmospheres of exoplanets to refine mathematical models.