We don’t know how much the Earth will still be able to feed us and satisfy our needs. Surely there is a limit, and climate change is also contributing to the overall picture of a planet that is not a suitable place for many of us anymore. But luckily enough, the Universe is outrageously big, which means that the options should be endless.
The exoplanet named as NGTS-11b orbits a star located 620 light-years away, and it regains the attention of astronomers. They believe that the cosmic object could finally lead to the detection of a habitable planet where we could all move our lives someday.
NGTS-11b has the size and mass of Saturn
The NGTS-11b planet was first found during a search in 2018 by the Warwick-led team as they had been using data from NASA’s TESS telescope. They further used the good old transit method to spot planets, which implies scanning for the telltale dip in light that indicates that an object has passed between the telescope and the host star.
Dr. Samuel Gill from the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick, declared:
By chasing that second transit down we’ve found a longer period planet. It’s the first of hopefully many such finds pushing to longer periods. These discoveries are rare but important, since they allow us to find longer period planets than other astronomers are finding. Longer period planets are cooler, more like the planets in our own solar system. NGTS-11b has a temperature of only 160°C—cooler than Mercury and Venus. Although this is still too hot to support life as we know it, it is closer to the Goldilocks zone than many previously discovered planets which typically have temperatures above 1000°C.
Hopefully, humanity will be able to travel someday those 620 light-years in order to find out what exactly dwells on the NGTS-11b exoplanet.