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Report: Scientists Hope Jupiter-Type Planets Reveal The Secret Of Planet Evolution

First Posted: Mar 19, 2017 03:02 AM EDT
 UNDATED: In this handout provided by NASA, a visible-light image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a red ring of dust and debris that surrounds the star Fomalhaut and the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, orbiting its parent star

UNDATED: In this handout provided by NASA, a visible-light image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a red ring of dust and debris that surrounds the star Fomalhaut and the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, orbiting its parent star(Photo : NASA via Getty Images)

An enormous young planet that is approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists a rare glimpse into planetary evolution. Scientists hope that the newly discovered HD 106906b planet will reveal insights into how planets evolve.

According to Astrobiology Magazine, the new planet, known as HD 106906b was discovered in 2014 by the scientists from U.S, the Netherlands, and Italy. It is 11 times the mass of Jupiter and is extremely young by celestial standards. The celestial body of the planet is not more than 13 million years old, compared with our solar system's 4.6 billion years.

Astronomers have stated that they have a snapshot of a baby star that just formed the planetary system. The study was conducted by UCLA assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and a co-author of the study.

Scientists believe that outside of our solar system the vast majority of planets exist inside a vast dusty risk that is relatively close to the center of the solar system. But HD 106906b is far beyond of solar system's disk. The planet is currently at least 650 times as far from its star as the Earth is from our sun.

The research was continued and published online in the Astrophysical journals Letters. The report suggests that the planet outside the disk, as opposed to having been formed inside the debris disk and then having being trust far beyond it, reported by NASA.

The debris risks are composed of gas, dust, and ice and that play a key role in the formation of the planets. Scientists reported that the planes form after a gas cloud collapse due to its own gravity. The dust and debris around the young star, forming the structure of our solar systems.

However, in the solar system, billions of year's evolution existed. The scientists hope the researcher's conclusions do not require any exotic physics or hidden planets to explain them.

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