Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, along with colleagues at Caltech and elsewhere, have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its star. If this planet were somehow placed into our own solar system, it would swing from within our asteroid belt to out beyond Neptune. Other giant planets with highly elliptical orbits have been found around other stars, but none of those worlds were located at the very outer reaches of their star systems like this one.
This animation shows what the orbit of exoplanet HR5183b would look like superimposed onto our solar system.
Animation credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko
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