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Monday, October 24, 2016

Discovered the youngest planet in the Universe

A group of astrophysicists under the leadership of Clement Baruto from the University of Toulouse with the help of a telescope “Kepler” found in the constellation Taurus the youngest exoplanet, which was able to detect to date. Celestial body K2-33b belonging to the class of “hot Jupiter”, is located at a distance of about 500 light years from Earth. Her age, according to specialists, is only 5-10 million years, which makes it a hundred or a thousand times younger than our planet.

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Complete revolution around its star exoplanet K2-33b performs in just five earthly days. It is about one and a half times larger than Neptune. Apparently, K2-33b eyes of scientists completes its formation around it is still possible to see traces of protoplanetary disks (clouds of gas and dust that appears around the newly exploding stars and servants “building materials” for objects in their orbit). Experts expect that further exploration of the found object will allow you to gather more information about the processes, typical for the early stages of forming planetary systems.

His work in astrophysics was published in the journal Nature.

Telescope “Kepler”, which was discovered exoplanet K2-33b, in recent years has helped make some interesting discoveries of this kind. In particular, recently it was reported that he allowed the experts from the University of San Diego discover the largest one discovered to date of exoplanets orbiting around binary stars. Shortly before that, thanks to the “Kepler” managed to find out that the previously detected object 2007 OR10 is the largest dwarf planet in the Solar system without a “final” name. And in may it was announced that the space telescope “Kepler” they were able to confirm the existence 1284 planets, nine of which are in the habitable zone.

Interestingly, in the recent past, scientists were almost certain that Kepler will not be able to participate in any new discovery: may 16, 2013 for some unknown reason, failed the second of four reaction wheels (the first stopped working in July 2012). It was assumed that with two flywheels, the telescope will not be able to continue working in any form, but in may 2014, the team was able to find a solution: instead of the third motor flywheel was proposed to use the pressure of solar radiation.

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