Astronomers Discover Jupiter-Sized Planet Orbiting White Dwarf 80 Light-Years Away From Earth

Astronomers have claimed to discover a planet-like body orbiting a white dwarf. It is seven times larger than the white dwarf. Scientists said that the planet is similar to Jupiter in size. It is called WD 1856 b. Researchers said that the object managed to stay in one piece, meaning it is intact. The celestial object is nearly one and a half times larger than Earth. It is 80 light-years away from humans. Astronomers said that the new planet takes only 34 hours to complete its single orbit. This is the first instance of the discovery of such a huge planet-like object near a white dwarf.

The findings were published in the journal Nature. The white dwarf is a part of a three-star system. Astronomers are surprised because the plant stayed in one piece. They said that WD 1856 b somehow got very close to the white dwarf, but stayed intact. According to them, the white dwarf creation process destroys anything that gets close to it. This happens because of an immense amount of gravity generated in it during the process of creation. The planet was first noticed by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. TESS is a space telescope. It is designed by the US space agency to search for exoplanets.

According to scientists, white dwarfs appear when the star drains its nuclear fuel. The star then starts to banish its outer layers. It then forms a planetary nebula which is a shell of gas. The gas is subsequently blown from stars into space. This happens at a fast speed and destroys everything that gets close to it. Researchers said that they are studying how WD 1856 b got too closer to the white dwarf and managed to survive. They predict that WD 1856 b must be originally 50 times past from its current location. It is said to be around 10 billion years old. Scientists say that WD 1856 b needs further statistical analysis.

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