Alien Planet Found That Raises Many Questions

    December 7, 2013
    Toni Matthews-El
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A new planet has been discovered, one that is approximately eleven times the size of our own gas giant, Jupiter. The massive planet has been named HD 106906 b. What’s so special about the newly discovered exo-planet? According to calculations, HD 106906 b has the most distant known orbit of any planet around a sun.

The massive size of the planet combined with its highly irregular distance from its parent star has raised a number of questions about how it and other massive gas giants are actually formed. The youngster is only thirteen million years old. The Earth is by comparison an old fart at four and a half billion years old. Vanessa Bailey, the lead researcher on the planet, stated that, “This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see.”

The fifth-year graduate student in the University of Arizona’s department of astronomy heads an excited team of researchers who have been trying to find out more about the planet. It was happened upon by attaching an infrared camera to the Magellan telescope in Chile. Images from the Hubble Telescope were used to confirm the planet’s existence.

Such planets typically form much, much closer to the star they orbit. It’s assumed that gas giants begin their lives with a similar composition to rocky, terrestrial planets such as Earth. As their own star is developing, they take in the gas and dust that it gives off. Gas giants typically have a “molten” center which seems to support this theory. A little.

It’s unknown how gas planets like HD 106906 b manage to form so far away from their sun, as the suggested process seems to be far too slow. Theories are abound, but given the young age of the planet, there is hope of finding answers. Astronomers say they can still detect the leftovers from the formation of the star and planet.

Image: Sci-News (Originally Credited to Nasa/JPL-Caltech)

  • Bottom Line

    Bottom line is this. We have no clue what is in the universe. None whatsoever. We think we are so smart on this planet. Please, half our truths about things are absolutely wrong.

    • Man Made

      Heck, people are told to buy all the nonsense about 9/11. Building 7 fell even though the way it fell is against every law of physics there is. Office fires have never caused any building to fall — in the history of mankind. Yet, on that day they did. Law of Physics were Broken, Common Sense was Broken, History was Broken. Funny thing is that if office fires caused that building to collapse shouldn’t they be doing a massive country wide change to the way buildings are built? To prevent it from happening again? Shouldn’t they be changing the building codes all across the country.

      But who am I kidding. The government spend more money investigating Monica’s blow job than they did investigating the worst terrorist attack in American history. Apparently, sucking a dick is more important than really finding out what happened to 3,000 American lives. We spent twice as much investigating Monica!!!. Twice as much!!!!

      Bottom line is that Americans will buy anything. Truth does not matter. It just doesn’t. Whether it is about space or our own country. Just package it well and Americans will believe the moon is made of cheese.

  • Jane

    Name it Gallifrey!

    Seriously, the Doctor saves Gallifrey and two weeks later a new planet that almost exactly mimics Gallifrey’s orbit is found? NAME IT GALLIFREY.