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Largest Exoplanet in Relation to Star Discovered

Scientists have been finding Extrasolar Planet(Exoplanet) left, right and centre across the galaxy. Scientists have even discovered a planet in orbit round the nearest star to us, Proxima Centauri. You`d now think that nothing would catch many people`s attentions. Now along comes NGTS-1b, a catchily named exoplanet named after its star.

It is a Hot and Super Jupiter. The planet orbits close to the planet and orbits in 2.6 Earth days and therefore it is quite close to its star, in fact, it is only 3% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. The star is a red Dwarf Star, a star type that comprises of up to 70% of stars in the galaxy. The dwarf gives it away, it is a small star, much smaller and cooler than our own sun.

An artists impression of NGTS-1b

An artists impression of NGTS-1b, credit: University of Warwick, Mark Garlick.

Although exoplanets have been discovered around small stars such as Trappist-1, what makes this unique is that the exoplanet is nearly as big as the star it is orbiting. The planet is bigger than our biggest planet, Jupiter. There probably no chance of there being any form of life on the planet because it is too close to its star.

The team that discovered it was the University of Warwick in the U.K. It was discovered using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) in Chile from where it got its name from. The star is located about 600 light years away in the constellation of Columba the Dove.

Further reading : C.B.C., Fox, National Geographic




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