Washington D.C .: Scientists from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have discovered a newborn massive planet that is closer to Earth than any other similar young that has been found.
The giant baby planet 2MASS 1155-7919 b is in the Epsilon Chamaeleontis Association and is only about 330 light years away from our solar system.
The discovery, published in the American Astronomical Society's Research Notes, offers researchers an exciting new way to study the formation of gas giants.
"The dark, cool object we found is very young and only ten times the size of Jupiter, which means that we are probably looking at an infant planet that may still be in the middle of the formation," said Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, Lead author and astrophysicist Science and Technology Ph.D. Student from West Columbia, S.C.
"Although many other planets were discovered by the Kepler Mission and similar missions, almost all of them are" old "planets. This is also only the fourth or fifth example of a giant planet that was previously removed from its" parent "star and theoretician endeavor to explain how they formed or ended up there. "
The scientists used data from the Gaia space observatory to make the discovery. The giant baby planet orbits a star that is only about 5 million years old and a thousand times younger than our sun.
The planet orbits its sun 600 times from Earth to the sun. How this young, giant planet could be so far from its young "parent" star is a mystery.
The authors hope that follow-up imaging and spectroscopy will help astronomers understand how massive planets can land in such wide orbits. (ANI)