Researchers Identify Massive Exoplanets Orbiting A Star Similar To The Sun

A team of astronomers has made an impressive discovery with the help of the Very Large Telescope, which can be found in Chile. A Sun-like star has been spotted, and it is accompanied by two massive exoplanets.

Classified under the name of  TYC 8998-760-1, the star has a mass that is similar to that of our own Sun bit, but it is very young, with an age of merely 17 million years while the Sun is already 4.6 billion years old. It and the two exoplanets are located at 300 light-years away from Earth.

Massive planets

One of the most interesting features of the new solar system is represented by the large size of the planets, as one of them is has a mass which is up to 14 times larger than Jupiter while the other one is up to 6 larger than Jupiter.

They also follow interesting orbits that are 30 times bigger in comparison to the orbits followed by Saturn and Jupiter in the case of Earth. It is thought that the current structure of the solar system may showcase the way in which our solar system may have looked in its youth.

Tracking the size

According to one of the researchers who contributed to the research, if the system had attracted more material from the protostellar cloud, it may have become a binary star one instead of having a single star and to massive planets.

It is also theorized that the planets formed as several planetessimals grouped into cores, which gained enough gravitational power to attract gas from the circumstellar disk. This scenario is thought to be behind the formation of the largest planets that can be found in our solar system.

While more than 4000 exoplanets have been observed by now, the images captured by the team offer more details that could contribute to future research.

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