A team of researchers has managed to discover a new exoplanet which is up to 13 times bigger than Jupiter, a trait which makes it the biggest planet that has been found.
Researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation made the discovery by using the iconic Kepler Spacer Telescope. According to one of the researchers, the team found conclusive evidence which infers that a planet with a mass which is almost 13 times bigger than that of Jupiter can be discovered in a binary system. The discovery is quite remarkable since planets that are so big aren’t usually found in the case of binary solar systems.
The planet in questions orbits around a binary system called KIC 10544976. The system has two stars, with one being alive and the other defunct. The researchers are puzzled by the planet since how it formed it could be quite interesting.
This new distant world is the biggest exoplanet ever found so far
Some believe that it may have formed when the two stars appeared while others claim that it developed from the dense gas ejected when the dead star reached the supernova stage. The team is looking forward to further research as they plan to learn more about such systems.
Exoplanets have been at the center of heated debates among the scientific community. It is thought that some of them could offer the conditions required for the existence of life, but some researchers believe that this is not the case.
It is generally agreed that the universe is filled with millions of exoplanets which orbit around solar systems. The sheer number of planets renders a complete survey impossible but many are attracted by the idea that at least some of them could be habitable. As humanity is looking forward to missions on Mars, it is likely that we will aim to venture beyond the borders of our solar system at one point in the future.
The team will use the Giant Magellan Telescope to take a closer look at the exoplanets and collect more data.