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Hubble telescope discovers new light exoplanets

Hubble telescope discovers new light exoplanets
The Siliconreview
23 Decemebr, 2019

In a new astronomical discovery, astronomers who were surveying the Kepler 51 star system through the Hubble telescope have discovered the presence of three new planets which are outside the galaxy and at a rate of almost 2400 light years from the earth’s surface. Surprisingly, it has been discovered that these new planets are very light and have been compared to cotton candy but the astronomers due to its negligible mass. Even though the newly discovered planets are the size of Jupiter, it does not come anywhere close to the humongous planets in terms of mass.

"They're very bizarre. A good bit of their weirdness is coming from the fact that we're seeing them at a time in their development where we've rarely gotten the chance to observe planets. This system offers a unique laboratory for testing theories of early planet evolution. But a methane haze is also in the mix, causing the obscuring atmospheric layer. This isn't unlike Saturn's moon Titan, which has a dense, hazy atmosphere that's nearly impossible to peek through," said Jessica Libby-Roberts, a graduate student in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Even though the astronomers are making attempts to understand the atmosphere around the planets, they have not been successful so far due to the opaque layer that is encompassing the planets.