Researchers have discovered a new five-billion-year-old planet that is 60 times larger than Earth using data from NASA's exoplanet-hunting space telescope, TESS.
"The Big Planet, named TOI-197.0 and dubbed " Hot Saturn " due to its size and heat, is " ] according to researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, who led the international study.
The gas planet orbits much closer to its star than Saturn does our sun, which explains the hot climate, and so has a 'year' of only 14 days. Research also shows that the planet has a density of only 1/13 of that on Earth, and is approximately 60 times the mass of our planet
Asteroseismologists – stellar astronomers who study seismic waves – said it's rare to have such precise information about a far-away planet, but the clear seismic waves around the star allow astronomers to determine factors such as size, age, and mass
As scientists begin to sift through the data collected by TESS, researchers are gleaning valuable insights into other solar systems "This is the first bucketful of water from the fire hose of data we're getting from TESS," said Steve Kawaler, an Iowa State University professor who co-authored the study
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