YZ Ceti b

Facts for Prelims
 

YZ Ceti b
 

News: Recently, astronomers have detected a repeating radio signal from the YZ Ceti b exoplanet that suggests the
presence of a magnetic field around it.
 

About:
 It is a rocky earth-sized exoplanet rotating around a small red dwarf star.
 It is barely 12 light-years from Earth.
 The astronomers determined that the planet takes just a couple of Earth days to circle its star.
 

Importance of Magnetic field:
 Indicates survival of a planet’s atmosphere.
 The magnetic field protects the planet’s atmosphere from being eroded by the charged particles blowing in from its star. 

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