Astronomers have announced that they had discovered the lowest mass exoplanet ever to be found orbiting a sun-like Star. The planet has the cryptic name GJ 504b. The planet orbits the star GJ504 at approximately 9 times the distance between the sun and Jupiter.
The star the planet orbits can be seen with the naked eye in the Virgo constellation. The planet is approximately 4 times the mass of Jupiter and has a temperature of about 460°F. The star the planet orbits is slightly hotter than the sun.
“If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta. Our near-infrared camera reveals that its color is much more blue than other imaged planets, which may indicate that its atmosphere has fewer clouds,” said Michael McElwain, a member of the discovery team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
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