Astronomers confirm exoplanet with a truly strange orbit, sort-of like ‘Planet Nine’

Astronomers confirm exoplanet with a truly strange orbit, sort-of like ‘Planet Nine’



Most of the over 4,300 confirmed exoplanets discovered to date share something in common – a relatively close orbit to their host star.
Now, astronomers have found something extraordinary – a giant exoplanet on a bizarre, 15,000-year orbit around a binary star. It’s the first time scientists have been able to characterise such a huge orbit.
The exoplanet is called HD 106906 b, clocking in at 11 times the mass of Jupiter. It orbits a pair of hot, main-sequence yellow-white stars called HD 106906; these stars are just 15 million years old and orbit it each other in a mere 100 days. The whole system is 336 light-years away.


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