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August 16, 2013

A pink exoplanet found

Dear followers,

an international team of astronomers has found a giant planet around the start GJ 504. The new exoplanet, called GJ 504b, has been discovered thanks to infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. This giant planet is the lowest-mass planet (several times the mass of Jupiter) detected around a start like the sun using direct imaging techniques.

The distance between GJ 504b and its sun is nine times the distance Jupiter-Sun. This point poses a challenge to theoretical ideas of how giant planets form.
The astronomer team estimates the system of the Sun GJ504 located in the constellation Virgo is about 160 million years old. This estimated has been based on methods that link the start's color and rotation period to its age.

The race to find exoplanets is still growing all around the world, and astronomers works hard to find a possible planet with life conditions.