Astronomers photograph a young extrasolar planet

By Deek

Beta Pictoris b is the youngest extrasolar planet orbitting a star to be photographed. It’s estimated to be just 12 million years old, which suggests that large planets (9 times the size of Jupiter) are able to form quickly. It will give scientists new insights into how planets are formed. The planet lies closer to it’s parent star than any previously photographed extrasolar planet. Astronomers will be able to track it’s entire orbit within 20 years. To read more check the article


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