Super Jupiter Planet is 13 Times as Big as Jupiter
Astronomers have discovered a new ‘super – Jupiter’ planet, 13 times bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in our own solar system. The planet orbits a star called Kappa Andromedae that is 2.5 times the mass of the Sun and is located 170 light – years away from Earth.
As the giant planet discovered is larger than Jupiter , it has classified as a “super – Jupiter”.
Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto say the object, which could represent the first new observed exoplanet system in almost four years, has a mass at least 13 times that of Jupiter and an orbit somewhat larger than Neptune’s.
The host star around which the planet orbits has a mass 2.5 times that of the Sun, making it the highest mass star to ever host a directly observed planet.
“Our research team identified a faint object located very close to Kappa Andromedae in January that looks much like other young, massive directly imaged planets but does not look like a star,” said researcher Thayne Currie.
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