Astronomers have spotted a giant exoplanet that may be like no other they've ever seen before.
The new planet, designated HR 5183 b, has three times the mass of Jupiter and travels a long, egg-shaped path around its star.
According to Kaltech, it takes the planet 45 to 100 years to complete an orbit around its sun.
"If this planet was somehow placed in our own solar system, it would be swinging by our asteroid
" This planet is unlike the planets in our solar system, but more than it is unlike all other exoplanets we have found so far.
"Other planets discovered far from their stars tend to have very low eccentricities, which means their orbits are circular. The fact that this planet has such a high eccentricity speaks of some difference in the way it formed or evolved compared to other planets. "
Scientists' study of the newly discovered planet will be published in The Astronomical Journal, according to Fox News.
The Lick Observatory in Northern California, WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii and McDonald Observatory in Texas provided survey data.
While the star of the planet, HR 5183, HR 51 studied since the 90s, and the epic journey of HR 5183 b means that n specialists lack complete information about the orbit.
"This planet spends most of its time in the lever in the outer part of the planetary system of its star in this highly eccentric orbit, after which it begins to accelerate and slingshot the star. him, "said Caltech astronomy professor Andrew Howard, who leads the search for the planet in California.
"We have detected this movement of a sling. We have seen the planet enter and it is now on its way. It creates such a distinctive signature that we can be sure that it is a real planet even though we have not seen a complete orbit."  Experts believe the strange orbit of the planet is probable because it has hit another planet of similar size
"This newly discovered planet would basically come as a destructive ball," Howard says in the statement, "killing whatever on your way out of the system. "