technology-news

Lowest-mass exoplanet weighing 4 times more than Jupiter discovered

Washington, Aug 6 : An international team of astronomers has spotted a giant planet around the bright star GJ 504, using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.


Several times the mass of Jupiter and similar in size, the new world, dubbed GJ 504b, is the lowest-mass planet ever detected around a star like the sun using direct imaging techniques.

Glowing a dark magenta, the newly discovered exoplanet GJ 504b weighs in with about four times Jupiter's mass, making it the lowest-mass planet ever directly imaged around a star like the sun.

"If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta," Michael McElwain, a member of the discovery team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md, said.

"Our near-infrared camera reveals that its color is much more blue than other imaged planets, which may indicate that its atmosphere has fewer clouds," he said.

GJ 504b orbits its star at nearly nine times the distance Jupiter orbits the sun, which poses a challenge to theoretical ideas of how giant planets form.

The researchers find that GJ 504b is about four times more massive than Jupiter and has an effective temperature of about 460 degrees Fahrenheit (237 Celsius).

It orbits the G0-type star GJ 504, which is slightly hotter than the sun and is faintly visible to the unaided eye in the constellation Virgo.

The star lies 57 light-years away and the team estimates the systems is about 160 million years, based on methods that link the star's color and rotation period to it age.

The findings are set to be published in The Astrophysical Journal.

--ANI (Posted on 06-08-2013)

technology-news headlines

Animals with bigger brain size more intelligent

Now, a detector to distinguish 'sour' oil from 'sweet'

UV lamp of the future is here

Shrimp-inspired material to make airplanes stronger

Speed-reading apps may impair reading ability: Study

Read tough data sheets on tablets with this device

Cow manure has new antibiotic resistance genes: Study

Soon, futuristic gadget that uses voice to control all aspects of home

Missing Xenon gas may be resting in earth's belly: Study

Wireless speaker with light sensors, microphone

An 'upside-down planet' discovered

Google search, navigation preferred apps among drivers

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top