Friday, August 14, 2020

A Jupiter-like planet was spotted near a distant star

A planet orbiting around a distant star has been spotted, and it is orbiting with breakneck speed. It is about 39 times more massive than Earth.

Astronomers conclude that it might be the surviving core of any planet which was once was larger than the Jupiter, which might have been stripped of its gaseous astronomer. On Wednesday, Researchers said that it might be the largest planet ever discovered. Along with it, it is also the first planetary core ever found.

The planet also offers better understandings of giant gas planets such as Jupiter, which is the largest planet of our solar system.

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This planet is named TOI-849b and is orbiting around a star cooler than the Sun and is also smaller in size as compared to the Sun. It is about 730 light-years away from the Earth.

Solid cores around gas giants are surrounded by a vast atmosphere constituting hydrogen and helium.

“This planet could have been a gas giant like Jupiter, which then lost its outer envelope through some violent evolution. This could be because it collided with another planet towards the end of its formation, or later ventured too close to its host star and was stripped of its atmosphere,” said astronomer David Armstrong of the University of Warwick in England, lead author of the research published in the journal Nature.”

Its got a diameter of about 27,000 miles (43,500 km) and is less than Neptune, the smallest of all 4 gas planets in our solar system. But it has a diameter larger than the Earth, which is 7,900 miles (12,700 km).

It is orbiting around its near most star which is much closer than the difference between the Mercury and the Sun. Traveling 10 times quicker than Earth, it completes an orbit in only 18 hours.

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Astronomers say that TOI-849b is much more massive than any gas planetary core is expected to be. This might lead to a new planet formation or an evolution pathway that is not yet understood by the Researchers.

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