– They saw a distant exoplanet

Because of their exceptional characteristics, they came across the planet, which we can take a direct look at.

In the field of exoplanetics, it is exceptional to see distant planets, as they are basically registered using two different methods, which are based on indirect confirmation. Now he had a special opportunity in front of a university student, which he was able to take advantage of (with some luck), so he could directly observe a rather large specimen.

The University of Hawaii in its communication we can read that the exoplanet, about 35 light-years away, was observed as part of a program called COol Companions ON Ultrawide orbiTS (COCONUTS), which, as its name implies, crosses planets orbiting their own, very cool stars. This is because it allows the above-mentioned direct observation, through which we do not register the effect of the planets on the star or the passage in front of the star, but also look at what is very rarely given to astronomers. The copy now registered fits well into the framework of the program, which is why the observation was successful.

Now known as COCONUTS-2b, the exoplanet is huge, six times larger than Jupiter, and orbits 6471 Astronomical Units from its own star – it is worth noting that the two probes farthest from us, Voyager, are the farthest from us. 1 and 2, about 120-125 CSE away from Earth. Astronomers estimate that the planet will cover a full circle in 1.1 million years, but it is also very helpful that the star itself is very cool – although the planet has kept a relatively large amount of heat since its creation, as its temperature 161 Celsius, making it the second coolest specimen on the list of directly observed exoplanets.

In the image provided by the university, the planet will appear with a faint red light, they say, with the help of James Webb, we will get more data in this area as well, so we can better understand the process of planet formation.



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