Astronomers surmise they have discovered an alien planet with three suns on its skyline. They have found the extra-terrestrial object while analyzing data collected by NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). The planet, LTT 1445Ab, is a component of a three-star system present around less than 23 light-years away from Earth. Thus scientists have discovered a world having three sunrises and sunsets every single day. Dr. Jennifer Winters, an astronomer of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is a leading author of the study. As per Jennifer, one can see three suns in the sky while standing on the surface of the planet. She added, but two of the trio are quite far away, and thus they seem small. The team of scientists has submitted their study to The Astronomical Journal.
It is the second time scientists have found a nearest transiting exoplanet till date. Before this, in 2016, scientists had found a planet HD 131399Ab located around 340 lights years away from Earth. At the time, researchers noted the planet had three suns. But the current discovery is different from the previous one. As per scientists, LTT 1445Ab is a planet which measures around one-and-a-half times bigger than Earth. Even more, the earth has a rock structure, and it weighs approximately 8.4 times more massive than our planet. LTT 1445Ab’s one rotation takes 5.36 days, and it’s surface temperature is about 155 degrees Celsius.
Researchers have submitted the paper to The Astronomical Journal. Still, scientists aim to take a closer glimpse of the planet; they want to determine its atmosphere. Even more, because of its relative nearness to Earth, scientists could seek LT 1445Ab for probable signs of alien life. Researchers surmise the planet could likely have an atmosphere that they can test the area for gases like carbon dioxide and methane by using modern tools. Thus LTT 1445Ab could wrap up playing a crucial role in the discovery of extra-terrestrial life.