Researchers simply found a “baby giant” planet closer to Earth than some other — a negligible 330 light-years away.
The exoplanet — a planet past solar system — was found by researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the discoveries were published in Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society.
Named 2MASS 1155-7919 b, the planet has a phenomenally wide orbit around its “parent” star — 600 times more distant than the distance between Earth and the sun. The starting point of systems so distant from their parent star is the “subject of vigorous debate,” as indicated by the discoveries. Researchers are wanting to additionally study 2Mass 1155-7919 b to see how giant planets can have such wide orbits, per a press release from RIT.
The planet’s parent star is only 5 million years of age, making it 1,000 times more youthful than the sun, per the release.
2Mass 1155-7919 b is a newborn child, so it’s conceivable still during the time spent forming, said Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, lead creator of the paper. In any case, it’s as of now around 10 times the mass of Jupiter, one of the gas giants in the solar system. The new planet was found utilizing information from the Gaia space observatory, which was propelled in 2013 by the European Space Agency.
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