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A Planet That Should Not Exist?

Ren Criss, Sience Editor

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Astronomers have recently spotted a gas giant 600 light-years away.  This planet has the mass of about 80% of Jupiter.  However, this is not why this planet is special.  It’s special, because compared to it’s star, it’s pretty big.  The star is an ultracool M-dwarf star.  This planet is also pretty hot, at a temperature of roughly 530 degrees celsius.

The planet is called NGTS 1-b.  It orbits it’s star at around 3% of  the distance from the Earth to the Sun.  In fact, it’s so close, that in just 2.6 Earth Days, a year passes.  The star is only half the mass of the sun.  The star is a red dwarf star.  This is the most common type.  Unlike stars like the sun, the star burns fuel much slower.  This means that this star could be there for trillions of years.  So, the planet and the sun will probably be there for a while.  Will we discover more instances like this?  Only time can tell.

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