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pink planet

I bet you’ve never seen a pink planet before, but it exists

August 11th, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a new gas giant exoplanet that formed roughly 160 million years ago and is now glowing pink. The big pink planet is several times the mass of Jupiter, but roughly the same size. The planet and its Sun-like star reside roughly 57 light-years from Earth. With new exoplanet discoveries happening at a …

gas giant core

Scientists get sneak peek at the core of a gas giant

July 1st, 2020

The remains of a gas giant were spotted orbiting a nearby star, astronomers reveal. The core of the planet is all that remains, but researchers think it was once a massive gaseous planet. What lies deep within gas giant planets has long been a mystery for astronomers. Gas giant planets like Jupiter are incredibly interesting …

gas giant exoplanet

Astronomers spotted a planet that shouldn’t exist

September 28th, 2019

When we imagine what other solar systems are like it’s easy to fall into a trap of assuming that our own system is a model that all others must follow. That’s simply not the case, and astronomers know that solar systems come in all shapes and sizes, but even still, the system orbiting the star …

jupiter growth

Jupiter had some major growth problems in its early years

August 28th, 2018

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System, and the competition really isn’t even close. It’s an absolutely massive planet and it helped define what a gas giant planet truly is. Because of its size, it might be hard to imagine a time when Jupiter had a problem growing, but new research suggests that …