Next month, an astronomers’ report called ‘NGTS-1b: a hot Jupiter transiting an M-dwarf’ will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
For those of you that didn’t read through the first chapters of the ‘one day MBA’, it is clear that astronomers and marketing do not go along very well. What does it mean?
Well, basically it says that they have found a new planet in the current solar system.
Of course, they could have just said that but other scientists would be laughing at them for using the simplest of words we guess.
A monster-sized planet turning around a small sun that is. A planet the size of Jupiter orbiting around a start only half its size, turning the theory of planet formation upside down.
The new planet orbits space at around 600 light years from Earth and is the largest sphere compared to the size of its star ever found.
The lead author of the research, Dr. Daniel Bayliss of the University of Warwick’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, commented: “The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us. Such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars. This is the first exoplanet we have found with our new NGTS facility, and we are already challenging the received wisdom of how planets form.”
NGTS-1b clearly is in need first of all of a new name according to me if it is going to feature as a planet in our solar system.
Co-author, Professor Peter Wheatley, continued: “NGTS-1b was difficult to find, despite being a monster of a planet, because its parent star is small and faint. Small stars are actually the most common in the universe, so it is possible that there are many of these giant planets waiting to be found.”
“Having worked for almost a decade to develop the NGTS telescope array, it is thrilling to see it picking out new and unexpected types of planets. I’m looking forward to seeing what other kinds of exciting new planets we can turn up.”