Friday, May 24

Scientists Discover WASP-193 b, a Cotton Candy Exoplanet

Astronomers have discovered another planet, which is being called WASP-193 b. It’s located about 1,200 light years from Earth.

WASP-193 b is 1.5 times the width of Jupiter, but only has a tenth of the planet’s mass. This makes it the second lightest exoplanet we know off so far.

It also orbits its star at a distance of 6.3 million times, meaning it completes an orbit in about 6.2 days. Astronomers are calling it very light, mainly because it’s made of hydrogen and helium. The atmosphere is also supper “puffy”, which is probably caused by the planet being bombarded by radiation from a nearby star.

Image Source: K. Ivanov