The “Impossible” Exoplanet | Space News

A newly discovered exoplanet poses a radical challenge to the consensus theory of planet and star formation. The massive exoplanet is eleven times the size of Jupiter yet it circles its parent star at a distance that is 650X the average distance between the Earth and the Sun. In the conventional theory, which imagines stars forming gravitationally in a collapsing cloud of gas and dust, such a giant planet cannot form at such a vast distance from its star.

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