An international team of astrophysicists has revealed about the detection of a planet that is just like Neptune and is sited nearly 920 light-years from our planet. The researchers have nicknamed this newly found planet as the Forbidden Planet. The planet is sheltered in an unusually close orbit and has a host star in the arrangement which is hardly ever seen. Recently the new research was published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society refer to the detection of a Neptune-like world which is very nearby to its host star. The single orbit takes only 1.34 days.
A newly detected world has never been observed so near to its host star. To show this newly up-close-and-personal cosmological area the astrophysicists approached up with a word called the Neptune desert. Not like the small and tough rocky worlds or enormous hot Jupiter like planets, the planets that are like Neptune are not thought to be existent at such a near space, by way of the host star would burn the intermediary-sized celestial body down its core. This newly found Neptune like world is confronting those beliefs.
More officially, the newly found world has been revealed by the Next-Generation Transit Survey and titled NGTS-4b. The Next-Generation Transit Survey is a ground-based telescope located at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile’s the Atacama Desert. A research team headed by an astronomer Richard West of the University of Warwick has used a method known as tried-and-true transit to identify and illustrate the remote planet.
The celestial body is almost three times the size of our planet and approximately 20 percent smaller than Neptune. The exoplanet was marked as it moved in the middle of Earth and the planet’s host star, causing in a short but intermittent darkening of the flicker. As per the press release issued by the University of Warwick, amazingly, the researchers calculated that the star flickers its light by not as much of 0.2 percent which is somewhat no ground-based telescope has ever done earlier.