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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • The eminent CEO panelists gathered to discuss the growing power of digital economy at the Innovation Summit.
  • Bhagalpur clashes: FIR filed | Mantri’s son accused of displaying arms; allegedly took out procession, sans permission
  • Kolkata: Mamata-KCR meet ends | We made a good beginning today, says Telangana CM KCR
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched a direct hotline to mark the occasion of completion of one year of his government
  • Panjim: Massive protest by mining workers, after SC ordered ban on mining activity, mine workers go on a strike
  • Vladimir Putin won a landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election, receiving 76.67% of the vote
  • Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia reacts on his & Kejriwal’s apology to Nitin Gadkari & Kapil Sibal
  • Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao meets West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to discuss Third Front
  • Faced with defamation suits, Arvind Kejriwal Delhi CM now apologises to Gadkari
  • A day after Pakistan killed 5 innocent Indians, J&K CM pushes for talks with Pakistan


There’s a super-Earth among the 15 newly discovered planets and it could host water


Astronomers have discovered 15 new planets orbiting small, cool stars named red dwarfs near our solar system. Among these new planets is a potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ that could have liquid oceans like ours.

The planet, known as K2-155d, has three transiting super-Earths. It is 1.6 times the size of Earth and is within the host star’s habitable zone 200 light years away.


1.The findings, published in The Astronomical Journal, are based on data from NASA Kepler spacecraft’s second mission, K2, and follow-up observations using ground-based telescopes, including the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) in Spain.

2.Based on climate simulations, researchers say the new Earth-like planet, K2-155d, could have liquid water on the surface.

3.A more precise estimate of the radius and temperature of the K2-155 star would be needed to conclude definitively whether K2-155d is habitable.

4.A key outcome of the current studies was that planets orbiting red dwarfs may have remarkably similar characteristics to planets orbiting solar-type stars.

5.Currently on the fastest spacecraft New Horizons, which travels at 51,500kmh, it would take more than four million years to get to K2-155d.

With the planned launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in April 2018, scientists are hopeful that even more planets will be discovered.