- Scientists in Chile have found a giant planet in space
- It is 11 times bigger in size than Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
- This planet is orbiting two bright stars in the southern sky
Scientists in Chile have detected a giant planet in space, which is 11 times larger in size than Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. This planet is orbiting two bright stars in the southern sky. This planet has been named b Centauri and it is surprising the scientists around the world. After this discovery, now the prevailing beliefs about the formation and evolution of planets have started to be challenged.
The B-Century planet is about 325 light years away from Earth. The orbit of this gas-filled planet is 100 times wider than that of Jupiter. The secret is that the B-Century planet appears to have formed there. In this study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, astronomers have given full details about their discovery. This is the first time a gas-filled planet has been discovered around a star that is three times the size of our Sun.
‘Features of new planet are more surprising’
Marcus Johnson and his team have discovered this planet through the European Telescope of Chile. Johnson told Inverse, ‘I thought that there would be no planets around the stars which would be interesting but there are many possible planets around it which could be more interesting.’ This team is not surprised to find a planet within a very short time of starting the survey, but its characteristics are more surprising to them.
There are two stars in the B-Century system – b Centauri A and b Centauri B. If these two are combined, then they can be 6 to 10 times bigger than the sun. They must be a giant planet at this size. Both are very hot which is different from normal. This new discovery could change what we know so far about the formation of planets. Johnson said that the information received so far about this planet is very strange.
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