Astronomers Have Discovered ‘Young Jupiter’

Astronomers Have Discovered ‘Young Jupiter’

Astronomers have found a planet 100 light years away that looks a great deal like Jupiter once did and may offer new bits of knowledge on how planets are shaped, specialists said Thursday.

Known as 51 Eridani b, it is the first exoplanet distinguished by another instrument called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), as per the report in the diary Science.

It is “the first youthful planet that presumably looks like Jupiter did billions of years prior, making it as of now our most critical corner-bit of the planet development jigsaw riddle,” said Travis Barman, a partner educator of planetary sciences at the University of Arizona.

The star it circles, 51 Eridani, is only 20 million years of age genuinely youthful considering the Sun speaks the truth 4.5 billion years of age.

Wrapped in methane, the planet speaks the truth double the mass of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our close planetary system, and contains the most grounded methane signature ever recognized in the environment of an outsider planet.

Its temperature is evaluated to be around 800 degrees Fahrenheit (427 Celsius), sufficiently hot to soften lead.

“This is precisely the sort of planet we imagined finding when we outlined GPI,” said James Graham, a University of California, Berkeley educator of cosmology and the GPI venture researcher.

“We needed to discover planets when they’re youthful so we can make sense of the arrangement process.”

The Gemini Planet Imager was intended to find weak, youthful planets circling splendid stars.

The instrument speaks the truth the extent of a little auto and is mounted on the eight-meter (yard) Gemini South telescope in Chile. It started working in December 2014.

A different Nasa mission known as the Kepler space telescope scans for planets by contemplating the faint in starlight that can be seen when a planet goes before a star.

Tagged under


New Delhi


Humidity 84%

Wind 8.05 km/h

  • 14 Aug 201533°C27°C
  • 15 Aug 201532°C26°C