Hot Jupiter Discovered With Two Close-In Exoplanet Companions

Posted: Oct 20 2015, 7:11am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 20 2015, 9:55pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Hot Jupiter Discovered with Two Close-In Exoplanet Companions
Artist’s impression of a hot Jupiter. Using new data from the K2 mission. / Credit: NASA
  • Hot Jupiter System has Two Close-In Companions which Lends Valuable Clues regarding Planet Formation

A system known as Hot Jupiter has been found to have two close-in companions. This lends us valuable clues regarding planet formation.

For the last two decades or so, researchers have gazed into the far pavilions of outer space and they have always wondered about what was out there. A system known as hot Jupiter has especially been somewhat of a puzzle for astronomers and laymen alike. The thing that bothered scientists was how these burning hot planets got so close to their individual suns.

The K2 Mission has provided some clues to this mystery. The thing is that one of these hot Jupiters systems have two close-in planetary companions. The genesis of planets and their shifting from their place are enigmas that will be solved thanks to this discovery.

One of the astronomers who is looking into the facts said that it was a highly exciting prospect. The evidence regarding the existence of Hot Jupiters was nil until now when such a finding has just been made. It is all the more a reason to celebrate and consider the matter further.

“This is really exciting,” said Juliette Becker, a graduate student at U-M’s Astronomy Department in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the lead author of a paper highlighting the discovery.

“People have looked for these planets and have looked in data that exists for hot Jupiters for years and nothing has come up. So people took it to mean that it was not possible to have these close-in planet companions.”

Approximately 300 Hot Jupiters have been found thus far. They are pointers in the direction of new data just waiting to be discovered. The entire theory connected to this phenomenon is hard to understand. It has to be thoroughly grasped before a firm concept may be formed of this rare happening.

Exactly how planets are generated and how they move about within their solar systems is somewhat of a riddle. That is, up until now; when we are beginning to faintly recognize the outline of the whole shebang. Yet even today some of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are missing.

Therefore, any clue as to how Hot Jupiters manage to get created and migrate will be grist for the mill. The term Hot Jupiters is given to these planets due to the fact that they are very huge in size and quite gaseous. And the fact that they lie in close vicinity to the sun is another strange occurrence.

They are even closer to their suns than the planet mercury is to our own sun. This has left scientists scratching their heads since they just do not know how this could have happened in the first place. And while these fiery giants are not visible to the naked eye, they can be seen via telescopes.

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