A lot of planets that astronomers find are old, and this means that they’re formed after millions of years pulling together elements around their star.
Now, the latest news coming from CNN reveals that experts located a so-called baby giant exoplanet that’s orbiting a young star, and it’s just 330 light-years from Earth. This makes it the closest one of its kind to our planet.
CNN writes that the planet is known as 2MASS 1155-7919 b, and it’s located in Epsilon Chamaeleontis Association. This is a young group of stars seen in our southern sky near the Chameleon constellation.
Experts working at the Rochester Institute of Technology discovered this exciting exoplanet using data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory.
The planet orbits a star 1000 times younger than our sun
This planet orbits a five million-year-old star which is reportedly about a thousand times younger than our Sun.
“The dim, cool object we found is very young and only ten times the mass of Jupiter, which means we are likely looking at an infant planet, perhaps still in the midst of formation,” according to Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, the lead study author.
More observations will reportedly tell experts how exactly this planet ended up at such a distance from its star.
The info could offer more insight about wide orbits of massive planets but this also helps experts study gas giant formation.
It’s also worth noting that this huge discovery and data about it was published recently in the Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society.
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Another amazing discovery recently blew astronomers’ minds. This dates back to the early days of the Universe, and we suggest that you check out our previous article to learn more about what’s lurking in deep space from back then.