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November 24, 2021 Wednesday 12:27:14 PM IST

Another Planet Discovery!

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Astronomers are hunting for new planets beyond our solar system which has now turned up to much further far-flungs. Among the more mystifying planets discovered till present are termed as Hot Jupiters. They are massive balls of gas that are about the size of our own Big planet but that moves around their stars in less than 10 days, in contrast to Jupiter’s steady movement. Scientists have discovered about 400 hot Jupiters till date. 

 Astronomers have now discovered one of the most extreme ultrahot Jupiters which is a gas giant that is about five times Jupiter’s mass and moves around its star in just 16 hours. The planet’s orbit is the shortest of any known gas giant till date. Due to its extremely tight orbit and proximity to its star, the planet’s day side is estimated to be at around 3,500 Kelvin, or close to 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is as hot as a small star. This planet is said to be the second hottest among the so far found out ones. The discovery is reported today in the Astronomical Journal.