NASA discovers a pink planet

Posted by thingsnews Categories: Environment, Technology Aug - 9 - 2013 1 Comment

  

GJ 504b, the name given to this new planet would be the lightest ever detected around a star similar to our Sun exoplanet.

With infrared Subaru telescope data, based in Hawaii, astronomers found a giant exoplanet orbiting a star called GJ 504. An exoplanet is a planet orbiting a star other than the sun. According to the researchers, the new exoplanet would be 57 light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. Two characteristics arouse the attention of scientists: its color and weight.
The lightest exoplanet

In a four times greater than that of Jupiter and a mass similar size, this new world is the least massive planet ever detected around a star like the sun using direct imaging techniques.






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