National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

A Massive-Core Hot Planet is Discovered

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A collaboration of astronomers from Japan, USA, and Chile have discovered an unusual extra-solar planet whose properties favors a formation process of gaseous planets to start from a solid core and accumulate gaseous material.

However its excessive weight created another mystery to solve. The Subaru and Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, contributed to this discovery.


More info: Subaru telescope web page