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(MENAFN- Youm7) Scientists have discovered an exoplanet nicknamed TOI-2109b, with extreme surface temperatures of up to 6000 degrees Fahrenheit, which rushes around its star in just 16 hours, which is the shortest orbit of any gas giant known so far, and researchers from the Institute of Massachusetts Technology said their discovery could help unravel the mysteries of hot Jupiter-like exoplanets.

“Since the beginning of exoplanet science, hot Jupiter-like planets have been viewed as strange balls,” said Avi Spoorer, co-author of the study.

He added, “The strangest thing about the recent discovery is the question about how a huge and large planet like Jupiter reached an orbit no more than a few days long,” stressing, “We do not have anything like this in our solar system, and we see this as an opportunity to study it and help explain his existence’.

Using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), researchers discovered TOI-2109b 855 light-years from Earth. The second hottest planet ever discovered.

Also, by analyzing measurements at various optical and infrared wavelengths, the researchers determined that TOI-2109b is five times larger than Jupiter, and is only 1.5 million miles from its star.

The team now hopes to study the planet with more powerful instruments, including NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch on December 22.


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