“Ice Giant” –Blasted Fossil Core of a Massive, Jupiter-Sized Planet Discovered (Weekend Feature)

"Ice Giant" --Blasted Fossil Core of a Massive, Jupiter-Sized Planet Discovered

 

A strange ice giant that can’t be explained by previous theory has been discovered by NASA Scientists using the exoplanet-sleuth Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS, which had “first light” on Aug. 7, 2018). The planet, TOI-849 b, is the most massive Neptune-sized planet detected to date, and the first to have a density that is comparable to Earth. The odd proportions of planet orbits a star about 750 light years from Earth every 18 hours, and is 40 times more massive.

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