Scientists Find New Planet In Binary System

October 16, 2014 9:38 PM

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Scientists Find New Planet In Binary System

Two groups of scientists working under Dr. Radoslaw Poleski of Ohio State University and Warsaw University Observatory of Poland recently discovered an ice giant planet about 25,000 light years away from earth. This extrasolar planet is a bit like Uranus, the group claims, and they have labeled it OGLE-2008-BLG-092Lab (or, “092Lab” for short). While it is similar to Uranus it is four times bigger than the Milky Way’s number 8 it belongs to the binary star system within the Sagittarius constellation.

Yes, there are two stars in this particular system: 092LA and 092LB. The former is about 2/3 the size of our yellow sun; the latter is about 1/6 the size of our yellow sun. Accordingly, the ice giant planet orbits around 092LA at nearly the same distance which Uranus orbits around our sun.

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