Astronomers Detect Largest Planet in the Solar System
One of the few alien planets directly captured out of over 800 discovered
The Japanese Subaru 8-meter telescope has spotted on the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii a giant corpus that appears to be the largest planet ever discovered.The object, ranged by scientists as a “Super Jupiter”, is 13 times larger than Jupiter and it orbits a star placed 170 light-years away from Earth.
Debates have risen among scientists related to the way this planet was born.
Researches show that its creation has followed the common formation process of the small planets, which is by merging a “protoplanetary disk” of substance orbiting a young star, Space reports.
However, previously it was believed that the given process is impossible when it comes to such large objects.
For those who find similar discoveries as more than a curiosity, the study is soon to be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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