- Astronomers have spotted a new gas giant exoplanet that formed about 160 million years ago and now glows pink.
- The large pink planet is several times the mass of Jupiter, but about the same size.
- The planet and its Sun-like star reside approximately 57 light-years from Earth.
With the new discoveries of exoplanets happening at a fast and furious pace for years, something very special is needed to ensure a NASA showcase. The gas giant, known as GJ 504b, is one such planet and is definitely noteworthy thanks to what NASA says is a gorgeous, pink look.
As NASA explains in a new blog post, the gas giant is about the same size as Jupiter, but several times more massive. However, this is still the lowest mass planet that has ever had a direct image in the orbit of a star like our Sun. The fact that it is a deep shade of pink is due to its relatively recent formation.
We know that planets tend to be very hot during their formation and stay hot for a while after collecting any material nearby. It may take hundreds of millions of years for the planets to cool, but the GJ 504b has not had that much time yet. Having formed about 1
“GJ 504b is about four times more massive than Jupiter and has an effective temperature of about 460 degrees Fahrenheit (237 Celsius),” explains NASA. “It orbits the G0 GJ 504 star, which is slightly hotter than the Sun and is barely visible to the undetected eye in the constellation Virgo. The star is 57 light-years away, and researchers estimate the system is about 160 million years old, based on methods that link the color and period of the star’s rotation to its age. “
At a distance of only 57 light years, the system is relatively close in the big scheme of things. And yet it is too far for us to start considering visiting it with even the most space-oriented hardware.
As scientists notice more and more exoplanets, learning little about each time they decide to spend some time studying it, he paints a clearer picture of our galaxy and the universe as a whole. Let’s get acquainted with the incredible variation of the planets, how they are formed and under what conditions they can teach us more about how our own solar system was formed and even tell us which conditions are most suitable for possible spawning. of life.
We would never expect to see life on a planet like the GJ 504b, of course. The gas giants don’t seem fit for life, at least as far as we know. Still, the fact that it exists there like a big shiny pink balloon is pretty damn clean.