Thursday, January 28, 2016

Largest Solar System Discovered

Astronomers have discovered the largest known solar system, consisting of a large planet that takes nearly a million years to orbit its star.

The gas giant is one trillion kilometres away, making its orbit 140 times wider than Pluto's path around our Sun.

Only a handful of extremely wide pairs of this kind have been found in recent years.
Holy moly, a million years to orbit!


Doom said...

Yeah, but remember, when you were a kid, and it took a million years for your next birthday? :p

Wireless.Phil said...

The James Webb Telescope is to launch in October 2018.
Parts for it were made in Lorain County just west of Cleveland.

The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST) is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable JWST to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.


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