In space, full of strange and bizarreplaces In recent articles, we have already talked about planets next to white dwarfs, planets orbiting immediately around three stars, and even about evaporating exoplanets. According to an article posted on newsweek.com, astronomers from the University of Colorado have discovered a new type of planet that is similar in density to cotton candy. Unusual planets were discovered in 2012 next to the sun-like star Kepler 51, located at a distance of about 2400 light years from our solar system, and have the lowest density of all exoplanets known to mankind.
Cotton Candy Planets
Found exoplanets - perhaps the strangestA find of modern astronomy. Exoplanets owe their unusual structure to extremely low density: being equal in size to Jupiter, they are about a hundred times lighter than it, and the mass of objects is only several times the mass of the Earth. According to preliminary calculations, the density of the discovered planets is less than 0.1 grams per cubic centimeter of volume - which almost coincides with the density of cotton candy. A study by Professor Libby Roberts from the University of Colorado suggests that exoplanets are probably composed of hydrogen and helium with a predominantly methane atmosphere. According to researchers, such an atmosphere can be very similar to the atmosphere of Saturn’s satellite Titan.
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Astronomers claim that the found planets seem to evaporate quickly due to their proximity to the star, threatening to significantly decrease in size over the next billion years.
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Kepler 51 system - a unique place already at leastdue to the unimaginable rarity of exoplanets found in this system. It is known that so far less than 15 such objects have been recorded, while our solar system can not boast of anything like it. Scientists believe that the found worlds represent a kind of transitional phase in the evolution of planets due to their young age. So, according to observations, the stellar system is only 500 million years old - the “infant” age by cosmic standards compared to our 4.6 billionth Sun.
Researchers hope that discovered worldswill help mankind see the processes that once occurred during the formation of the solar system, shedding light on those of them that for a long time remained inaccessible to astronomers and planetologists.