Unusual team finds gigantic planet hidden in plain sight

Homepage | Forums | Topics In Depth | Science and Environment | Unusual team finds gigantic planet hidden in plain sight

Viewing 1 reply thread
  • Author
    Posts
    • #467478
      eridani
      Participant
      • Total Posts: 11,670

      https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/01/13/unusual-team-finds-gigantic-planet-hidden-plain-sight-0

      The planet, TOI-2180 b, has the same diameter as Jupiter, but is nearly three times more massive. Researchers also believe it contains 105 times the mass of Earth in elements heavier than helium and hydrogen. Nothing quite like it exists in our solar system.

      Details of the finding have been published in the Astronomical Journal and presented at the American Astronomical Society virtual press event on Jan. 13.

      “TOI-2180 b is such an exciting planet to have found,” said UCR astronomer Paul Dalba, who helped confirm the planet’s existence. “It hits the trifecta of 1) having a several-hundred-day orbit, 2) being relatively close to Earth (379 lightyears is considered close for an exoplanet), and 3) us being able to see it transit in front of its star. It is very rare for astronomers to discover a planet that checks all three of these boxes.”

      Dalba also explained that the planet is special because it takes 261 days to complete a journey around its star, a long time compared to many known gas giants outside our solar system. Its relative proximity to Earth and the brightness of the star it orbits also make it likely astronomers will be able to learn more about it.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #467500
      KenTankerous
      Participant
      • Total Posts: 1,422

      The gravity on a planet that massive would squoosh a human.

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
      - Henry A. Wallace
      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

Viewing 1 reply thread
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.