“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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