“Forbidden Planet” –Observed in ‘The Neptunian Desert’ Danger Zone

Neptune Like Planet


A strange exoplanet, NGTS-4b, smaller than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in the Neptunian Desert, by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role. It is the first exoplanet of its kind to have been found in the Neptunian Desert –the region close to stars where no Neptune-sized planets are found. This area receives strong irradiation from the star, meaning the planets do not retain their gaseous atmosphere as they evaporate leaving just a rocky core.