For the first time ever, Indian scientists have discovered a planet that orbits a Sun-like star.
The announcement was made yesterday by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which noted that the discovery was made possible by an advanced spectrograph of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad, western India — “the first of its kind spectrograph in the country.”
This historic achievement is credited to a team of astronomers led by Prof. Abhijit Chakraborty of PRL, which used the “PRL Advance Radial-velocity Abu-Sky Search,” or PARAS, to track down the celestial body.
Stationed at PRL’s Guru Shikhar Observatory in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, PARAS is a ground-based exoplanet search device with an integrated spectrograph and a 1.2-meter telescope, notes The Better India.
Sub-Saturn Or Super-Neptune
The newfound exoplanet lies 600 light-years away from Earth and is described as a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune, due to its mass and size.