YZ Ceti b: A Rocky, Earth-Sized Exoplanet

  • 20 Apr 2023

Recently, astronomers have detected a repeating radio signal from YZ Ceti b, a rocky, earth-sized exoplanet rotating around a small red dwarf star, YZ Ceti, just 12 light-years from Earth.

  • The discovery of a magnetic field around an exoplanet suggests that it could be a habitable planet.
  • The radio waves were confirmed to exist by the interaction between the planet's magnetic field and the star.
  • The existence of an exoplanetary magnetic field confirms the presence of a rocky exoplanet in close proximity to its star.
  • The radio waves are strong enough to be picked up on Earth.
  • Intense bursts of energy from the YZ Ceti star-exoplanet exchange produce spectacular auroral lights, similar to the disruptions caused by energy surges from the sun on Earth and orbiting satellites.
  • Astronomers hope that further research will confirm these results and help them learn more about the rocky netherworlds that exist in the deepest reaches of space.