It was in the orbit of the Beta Pictori star that scientists discovered a new giant planet, Beta Pictoris C. This discovery comes 10 years after another giant planet was discovered, Beta Pictoris B. Beta Pictoris B exoplanets and Beta Pictoris C. They are in orbit of the Beta Pictoris star.
The new planet is 63.4 light years from Earth. It is also known to have a mass approximately 3,000 times greater than that of our planet.
The study was published in the journal Nature Astronomy and reveals that there is a new planet in the universe. This new giant planet orbits its star almost three times the distance from the sun to the earth.
Beta Pictoris C is between its star and the planet Beta Pictoris B
Beta Pictoris C was hunted by the HARPS spectrograph of the European Southern Observatory in Chile. It is located between its star and the planet Beta Pictoris B, which is 16 times larger than Earth. Beta Pictoris B orbits its star eight times farther from what separates the sun from the earth. A day on this planet does not exceed eight o'clock.
According to scientists, the two planets are still forming.
The Beta Pictoris star gained prominence in the 1980s. At that time, it allowed astronomers to obtain the first image of a disk of dust and gas around a star. In addition, the planetary system of which the star is part is "only" 20 million years old. This means that it is younger than the Solar System, which is 4.6 billion years old. However, it may resemble what the Earth and other solar planets should be after their formation.
Beta Pictoris is the second brightest star in the constellation Pictor. It has a mass 1.75 times greater than that of the sun and has a brightness 8.7 times greater. Due to the very high temperatures, life could hardly exist both on its surface and on satellites.