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Stanford Astronomers Discover Baby Jupiter

The newly found ‘protoplanet’ is 450 light years away, but observing how it collects matter and grows could answer some of the biggest questions concerning how our solar system formed. Since prehistory, humans have speculated about how the planets in … Continue reading

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The Possible Lightest Exoplanet To Date?

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A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near a bright star. With an estimated mass of four to five times that of Jupiter, it would be the least massive planet to be directly observed outside the Solar System. The discovery is an important…

A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near a bright star. With an estimated mass of four to five times that of Jupiter, it would be the least massive planet to be directly observed outside the Solar System. The discovery is an important contribution to our understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systems.

Although nearly a thousand exoplanets have been detected indirectly — most using the radial velocity or transit methods – and many more candidates Continue reading

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