A newly discovered planet amazed scientists, who referred to it as a “hot Neptunian desert.”
A study says that the newly discovered planet is approximately 40 times more massive than Earth, and it is believed that it’s the remnant core of a giant planet, or an enormous planet in the process of being formed, whose growing process stopped suddenly.
Scientists hope that the discovery will help them better understand the behavior of mysterious cores of giant planets.
The planet is known as TOI-849b, and it was discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) for the first time in 2018.
The La Silla Observatory in Chile also confirmed the existence of the celestial body.
The planet orbits a star known as TOI-849. They are located at about 730 light-years away from our world.
About The Planet
The newly discovered planet is exceptionally massive, nearly half as massive as Saturn. However, data provided by the Paranal Observatory in Chile and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope showed that the exoplanet’s diameter is only 3.45 times that of Earth’s, similar to Neptune’s. Those parameters suggest that the exoplanet’s density is comparable to Earth’s. That means that it can potentially be the densest Neptune-size planed ever discovered.
The planet revolves around its star in only 18.4 hours, which means that it’s orbiting the sun at a scorching 1.5% of an astronomical unit (AU).
The planet was labeled as a “hot Neptunian desert” because it is one of the planets that orbits so close to its stars.
Sean Raymond, an astrophysicist at the Observatory of Bordeaux in France, said:
“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.”
It is believed that the newly recorded data will prove useful for further analysis of similar planets.