As a recent discovery resurfaces, we learn that even up in the universe, some relationships need to be managed. Space objects, such as planets, might act weirder than we previously thought. They also appear as peculiar and majestic. The finding involves a massive ‘baby’ exoplanet that has a unique relationship with its “parent” star.
The space object, dubbed 2MASS 1155-7919, represents a giant baby planet. It appears as a cold, but a faint cosmic feature, ten times sized the mass of our Solar System’s prevalent gas massive Jupiter. It could display other possibilities, too, but researchers are sure that they catch a youngster planet this time.
The ‘baby’ exoplanet, 2MASS 1155-7919, features
Researchers from Rochester Insitute of Technology joined their forces, beliefs, and findings to publish one intriguing research paper about 2MASS 1155-7919. According to their measurements, the exoplanet is only at 330 light-years distance from our solar system. Such a thing makes it so close to our world that researchers think is the only one so far. 2MASS 1155-7919 orbits its 5-million-year-old star at 600 times the length or planet orbits the Sun. The Sun is known to be approximately 4.5 billion years old.
“Though lots of other planets have been discovered through the Kepler mission and other mission like it, almost all of those are ‘old’ planets. This is also only the fourth of the fifth example of a giant planet so far from its ‘parent’ star, and theories are struggling to explain how they formed or ended up there,” stated Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, the lead author of the research.
Scientists are expecting some further studies will support their findings and shed some light on how giant planets, such as the 2MASS 1155-7919 ‘baby’ exoplanet, end up in so far away orbits nearby their stars. Currently, it is a space mystery waiting to be unlocked.