It’s been just revealed that there’s a distant world that’s about 40 times more massive than our planet may the remnant of a core of a giant planet or a giant planet in the marking and its growth might have stalled, according to the latest reports.
These discoveries might turn out really helpful when it comes to shedding light on what the mysterious cores of giant planets look like, according to researchers.
Space.com revealed that experts analyzed the exoplanet TOI-849b, which NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) first detected in 2018 and whose existence the La Silla Observatory in Chile later helped confirm.
The same website noted that this alien world orbits the sunlike star TOI-849 which is located ay about 730 light-years from our home planet.
The star has a mass of about 40 times the one of Earth
The star has a mass that’s about 40 times the one of Earth, and it’s almost half as massive as Saturn.
It’s also important to note the fact that info coming from the Paranal Observatory in Chile and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope helped reveal that the exoplanet has a diameter of about 3.45 times the one of our planet – it’s basically comparable with the one of Neptune.
Space.com also revealed that this newly-found exoplanet is located in the middle of the so-called “hot Neptunian desert.” This is an apparent dearth of Neptune-size worlds that orbit very close to their stars.
“There are not a lot of planets in this in-between place, so to see a planet this size this close to a star is pretty cool,” according to Sean Raymond, an astrophysicist at the Observatory of Bordeaux in France.
It’s also important to mention the fact that some previous models revealed that nascent planets that are more than 10-20 times the mass of our planet should have some pretty strong gravitational fields, at least strong enough to gobble up massive amounts of material from the disks of gas and dust that surrounds their newborn stars.
The star we mentioned above could be the remnant of a gas giant that managed to lose most of its weight, maybe due to the heat that it gets from orbiting so close to its star.