Advertisement
Global  

“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

Another Planet Discovered - And It's a Real Oddball

One News Page Staff Monday, 20 November 2017
Another Planet Discovered - And It's a Real Oddballby

The hunt for new planets, stars and celestial bodies in our solar system and beyond continues on an almost constant basis – and while we may be yet to identify the much-rumored ‘Planet X’, there are discoveries and moves being made to advance space exploration each and every week. Last week was no different – as a rather odd exo-planet found hundreds of light years away could provide us with some form of clue as to how planets behave while in orbit. If you thought that space exploration and astronomy was more or less over and done with – you’d be far from right.

Astronomers have been able to find a new exoplanet – a body outside our own solar system. These far-flung planets behave somewhat oddly with regard to various stars and other neighboring planets – and the most recent discovery, dubbed HD76920b, is thought to be especially unique. Its orbit is one which is swinging so close to its star that it will alter and change to the extent that it will likely not survive in the long term.

It’s a gas planet, and it is thought to be altering shape and behavior the closer it swings to its host star, which is thought to be ancient in comparison with our own Sun. It’s been theorized that the planet’s orbit will ‘circularize’ as time moves on, as tides change as a result of the body swinging and swerving ever closer to the star. It’s an oddball of a planet – as it comes in close, and then as far away as twice the distance Earth is from the Sun. This odd behavior, as mentioned, is set to change in the long term – and it will also sadly mean that the catchy-named HD76920b will ultimately perish in a fireball.

It’s fascinating to see so many new celestial bodies and planets pop up on the radar – and while we may be some years away from finding intelligent life elsewhere in the solar system or even beyond, it is enlightening to find so many strange planets lurking around in the depths of the big, black void. Astronomers work tirelessly to expand our knowledge of the universe – and it’s thanks to them that we have so many interesting stories to write about! Keep your eyes on the skies for the next big discovery!

8
shares
Share on
Facebook
Share on
Twitter
Post on 
Reddit
Share by
Email
 
Source: FOX 4 Now Florida - < > Embed
News video: Planet Monkman Christmas Light Show returns

▶ Planet Monkman Christmas Light Show returns 01:42

After a year off, Planet Monkman's Christmas lights are back on. NEil Monkman moved and was unable to do his famous light show last year. This year he is scaling down but he is still planning to make this year's show . better than ever.

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in Science

News24.com | MEXICO EARTHQUAKE UNEARTHS ANCIENT TEMPLETRASH PILES UP IN US AS CHINA CLOSES DOOR TO RECYCLING
How to get the best deals this AMAZON PRIME DaySelf driving robot race car takes on GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED's notorious hill climb

Recent related videos

Astronomers Say This Is The First Ever Image Of A Planet Being Born [Video]Astronomers Say This Is The First Ever Image Of A Planet Being Born

Astronomers say that they have captured the first-ever image of a planet being born. Astronomers have gathered what they say is the first-ever image of a planet being born.  "SPHERE, a..

Geo Beats -

Get a free smoothie from Planet Smoothie in honor of National Smoothie Day [Video]Get a free smoothie from Planet Smoothie in honor of National Smoothie Day

The heat is on but Planet Smoothie wants to help you cool off in honor of National Smoothie Day!

ABC Action News -

Scientists discover new planet more than 600 light years away [Video]Scientists discover new planet more than 600 light years away

SPACE — A team of scientists in India have discovered a sub-Saturn sized exoplanet, reports the Financial Times. The planet, called EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b, is reportedly 600 light years away..

TomoNews US -

10 Surprising Facts About: Planet Earth [Video]10 Surprising Facts About: Planet Earth

10 Surprising Facts About: Planet Earth: Home to 7.2 Billion people planet Earth is a 5 billion year old ball of Iron, Oxygen, Silicon, Magnesium, and other trace elements, hurtling through space at..

Rumble -

•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+