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Enormous planet found orbiting infant star

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A popular astronomical theory states that large planets don’t exist around young stars because planets of significant mass take too long to form.

However, a team of astronomers announced on Thursday that they have indeed found a giant planet orbiting a star so young, it is still surrounded by remnants of the disk of gas and dust that formed it.

"For decades, conventional wisdom held that large Jupiter-mass planets take a minimum of 10 million years to form," said team member Christopher Johns-Krull, an astronomer from Rice Unversity. "That's been called into question over the past decade, and many new ideas have been offered, but the bottom line is that we need to identify a number of newly formed planets around young stars if we hope to fully understand planet formation."

Planet much larger than anything in our solar system

Described in a report set to be published by the Astrophysical Journal, the newly-discovered planet is about eight times bigger than Jupiter and has been called CI Tau b. The planet circles a 2 million-year-old star in the constellation Taurus, located around 450 light years from Earth.


http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1113414286/big-planet-young-star-052716/#6YTI3vLwtgz7JAfU.99

Is this the same planet they were talking about before that they had indications of ? Or is it something new. The way this reads, it seems that they visual contact with this one. I'm confused anyone have ideas about this? 

 

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54 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

TggThe planet was discovered with the radial velocity technique, a planet-hunting process that uses slight distinctions in the velocity of a star to figure out the gravitational pull applied by nearby planets that are too weak to see directly with a telescope.
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16 hours ago, Cinnamon said:

 

 I'm confused anyone have ideas about this? 

 

Oh, yeah. My idea is that it's all bs, all the time. Ordinary people can take pictures with ordinary cameras of planets and stars. They don't look like the fugaboo cgi as presented by the Body Astronomic. pfft. We've been lied to, people.

 

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