Strangely chonky exoplanet has astronomers puzzled
Who doesn’t love a chonky space mystery? Planet HD 114082 b is the size of Jupiter (a gas giant) and denser than Earth (an iron cored rock). These dimensions and its relatively young age defy some of the current planet formation models.
The planet, called HD 114082 b, is similar in size to Jupiter, but seems to have eight times its mass. It’s common for astronomers to discover gas giants similar to or larger than Jupiter, but it’s very unusual to discover a planet this dense and heavy. “Compared to currently accepted models, HD 114082 b is about two to three times too dense for a young gas giant with only 15 million years of age,” said lead author Olga Zakhozhay in a statement.
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