Comet, Oort cloud, Solar System, Astronomy, Star The Mysterious Exoplanet Gliese 1214 B!
Gliese 1214 b Heading right into things. Gliese 1214 b is a very special planet that was found over a decade ago and has been very intriguing to scientists ever since its discovery and examination.. Why? Because its atmosphere is not like most exoplanets that have been discovered, and we do mean that in a very literal way. You see many scientists have gone and looked for plants that have water in the atmosphere as well as on the surface.. This is one of the major indicators that the planet could be hospitable for life.. However, with Gliese 1214 b, while there is water in the atmosphere … its not exactly the usual form.. By that we mean it apparently is pretty close … to plasma., As the temperature and pressure are so high. Water is not in a usual form, vapor, liquid or solid, but in an ionic or plasma form at the bottom. The atmosphere, namely the interior of Gliese, 1214 b principle, investigator Norio Narita of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, told SPACE.com by email., Using two instruments on the Subaru Telescope in Mauna Kea Hawaii scientists studied the scattering of light from the planet. Combining their results. With previous observations led the astronomers to conclude that the atmosphere contained significant amounts of water., But again a good chunk of it is in a plasma form which makes it not just incredible unique but not exactly safe when it comes to use, maybe wanting to use it.
One day., Because, if its in a state of plasma …, that means its really REALLY hot. 7. Hot Water, Weird Planet, Located 40 light years from the solar system in the constellation Ophiuchus the planet orbits its cooler, low mass M type star, once every 38 hours 70 Times closer than Earth is to the sun. And as we hopefully dont have to tell you the closer you are to a sun, the more heat and radiation youre being exposed to, which is why the water on Gliese 1214 b is superheated to the point of being Plasma At high pressure and high temperature, the behavior of water, is quite different from that on the Earth. Narita said. At the bottom of the water rich atmosphere of Gliese, 1214 b water should be a super, critical fluid. And while further study is requested for a place like this, its not exactly going to be easier for various reasons., Not the least of which is that The planet is 6 times the size of Earth and also 40 light years. Away. Add to that. The atmosphere is in such a unique state that there honestly might be TWO atmosphere goings at once. How does that work? Well, theres the standard atmosphere that you would expect for a planet and then theres a believed haze that could be covering the planet due to the high temperatures from the sun., So that in and of itself is going to go and influence. How we try and detect certain things within it.
, But there are other factors to consider here as well. 6. Lack Of Surface One thing we HAVE been able to determine about this planet in Gliese, 1214 b, is that, while its a super giant of a planet again, Six times larger than Earth, it is one that doesnt have a solid surface., Meaning that its either a gaseous planet or a liquid one., Given the plasma form and the liquid filled atmosphere were leaning towards the later.. But naturally, we cant confirm that easily, due to the sensors being hurt by the various gasses and plasma within the atmosphere.. So much of what we know is guesswork based on what we know already. We predict that ionic or plasma water can be seen deep inside the planet. Narita said.. However, we may not be able to find hot ice high pressure ices inside of Gliese 1214, b. Though water is often considered a necessary ingredient for life by scientists. Narita doesnt think that the super Earth will be promising due to its close orbit, which lies within the stars habitable zone, the region where liquid water can exist.. Although water vapor can exist in the atmosphere liquid water, namely oceans, would not exist. On the surface of this planet, he said.. So, unfortunately, we do not think this planet would be habitable., Which is obviously a bit of a bummer, as even if it had just a liquid surface and certain other factors. It couldve gone and been a candidate for world building, but, alas, it is not.
That being said with its plasma form in terms of water. There are still things we can learn from it, and that means theres more to study.. Before we continue our talk about Gliese, 1214 b be sure to like or dislike the video That way we can continue to go and make the best videos for you. The viewer Also be sure to subscribe, so you get notified every our next video 5. Detection. Gliese 1214 b was first detected by the MEarth Project, which searches for the small drops in brightness that can occur when an orbiting planet briefly passes in front of its parent star., A very clever way to go and detect planets and its gotten a bunch of discoveries. As a result of that., It wasnt until 2009 that scientists were able to go and further look at the data and realize that the sun was being blocked out by a planet ever one and a half days, proving that there was something going and living there. And That was indeed Gliese 1214 b. It was after that that scientists were able to look at the planet closer and look for the various things that made it what it was., Including the atmosphere that we mentioned. 4. Composition. As we talked about a bit earlier, we honestly dont know what kind of planet Gliese 1214 b is on the inside.. By that we mean a liquid or gaseous planet.. There are many who think that it is a gaseous planet, but that cant be fully proven due to the lack of true scans of the interior.
. If it IS a water planet, though, then it would be something truly special in the large scale, because it would need to be a very special kind of liquid mixed with the atmosphere to survive being so close to a sun. One of the biggest reasons why people Think it COULD be a water planet, though, is the plasma state in the atmosphere., Because that can be one of the biggest tells in terms of a watery composition. Because of the varying pressure at depth. Models of a water world include steam, liquid superfluid, high pressure, ices and plasma phases of water.. Again. All of this is pretty much guesswork at present, because we still dont have enough data, despite having known about it for over a decade, but that doesnt mean that we cant speculate about it and wonder what else we can learn., Because each step we take towards learning More about this planet, the more we learn about the universe, itself. 3.: The Need To Learn Weve thrown a lot of big words and stats and composition figures at you so far. But what does it all really mean? Why should we care about Gliese, 1214 b and what its all about, After all its 40 light years away from the Earth, and so we cant get to it? Even if we wanted to. And just as important as noted earlier, there is likely no way its a habitable planet. So why should we really care at all about it? Quite simply because its there, Every single planet in our universe is a mystery, whether we realize it or not.
, Even the Earth and all the planets around. It are a mystery because they arent just there, but they are THERE in THEIR current state.. How did they get to be that way? Why are they that way, right now And so on and so forth. For a planet like Gliese, 1214 b? It has something special with its plasma form water in the atmosphere and thats something we dont have right now in our own little corner of the galaxy.. So we need to go and study it see what we can learn from it, and THEN we can move on. Plus, like any good science experiment. Anything we learn from this planet. We can go and test on the next planet that might just be like Gliese 1214 b. Because, if said two planets are the same, then suddenly we have a pattern And patterns can help lead to major scientific discoveries, which is exactly what we need in the realm Of Astronomy, because there is still so much more – we dont know. In fact, wed bet that you watching didnt even know that this planet existed until you watched this video. So that right there is all the reason to go and learn more because it was a literal Hole in your knowledge. 2., The Universe At Large. Another reason that Gliese 1214 b is so important to us on a scientific level is that it can help be a dot on a chart of all the planets that are out there.
. What do we mean by that? Well, if you look at our solar system, you will find planets that are barren Mars. Mercury planets that are overrun by their atmospheres, Venus gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, small anomalies, Pluto, ITS A PLANET and, of course, Earth.. And while we do have a certain amount of diversity amongst us, there is SO much more out there in the universe, just waiting to be discovered.. There are planets out there that are pink in hue. There are planets out there that arent spherical, but are instead shaped like eggs.. There are those that are slowly being consumed by black holes, Ones that are partly comprised of diamond that, if mined just for reference, would be worth more money than you could possibly realize.. And now we have a planet in Gliese 1214 b that has an atmosphere with plasma water., So yeah thats, pretty cool wouldnt. You say Our universe is full of many different kinds of planets and thats part of its wonder.. We need to find these planets and then line them all up to see if weve discovered everything or, if theres more, that needs to be found., Given that the universe is virtually endless, especially if youre one who believes its growing every single minutes of every single day. Then you know that theres so much more to explore and thats fun in and of itself. 1. Whats Next For Gliese 1214 b. As for whats next for our wondrous plasma planet, there is a great deal more to research.
Its doubtful. Well be able to get a probe there in a good amount of time, so instead well be using the various telescopes and satellites that can monitor it to discern further details about it. Theres still so much we dont know about its atmosphere is terrestrial composition. How it was formed and the various layers from top to bottom, that make it what it is right, now. So were going to research it more and when we find out more about it, Its going to be a big deal. Thanks for watching everyone. What did you think of this? Look at The mysterious Exoplanet Gliese 1214 b.