Ukrainian scientist Olga Zakhozhay discovered a new giant exoplanet
A team of astronomers led by Ukrainian Olga Zakhozhay discovered a giant exoplanet around the Sun-like star HD 114082, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy reports.
According to the statement, with an age of only 15 million years, this super-Jupiter is the youngest exoplanet of its kind for which astronomers managed to determine its radius and mass.
The discovery also puzzled astronomers. “Combining these quantities is hard to reconcile with the widely accepted models of planet formation. A possible solution to this riddle may require an update of the formation models to allow for an unusually large solid planetary core,” the statement says.
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