This external operation means the NGTS can continuously monitor the brightness of hundreds of thousands of bright stars in the skies of the southern hemisphere to search for exoplanets.
A NEW planet the size of Neptune that could vaporise you in under a second has amazed scientists because it shouldn't exist. The planet scientifically known as NGTS-4b is 200 percent larger than Earth and roughly 20 percent smaller than Neptune. That's rather shocking, especially when you consider that it's so close to its star that it completes an entire orbit in less than two Earth days. It orbits its star in what is known as the Neptunian Desert, an area where planets of its ilk can not remain stable. It is the first exoplanet of its kind to have been found in the Neptunian Desert, researchers said. This is due to intense radiations emanated from the star that doesn't allow planets to retain gaseous atmosphere as would they instantly evaporate, thus, leaving just the rocky core instead. Here, most bodies disintegrate and lose their atmospheres, but not NGTS-4b.
Astronomers have found an exoplanet so rare that they have deemed it "The Forbidden Planet", according to a new study. The facility is situated at ESO's Paranal Observatory in the heart of the Atacama Desert, Chile.
The University of Warwick researchers suspect that the "truly remarkable" planet may have moved into the Neptunian Desert in the last one million years.
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The findings of the worldwide study are featured in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
"This planet must be tough - it is right in the zone where we expected Neptune-sized planets could not survive,"said Richard West in a statement, study author and principal research fellow from the University of Warwick's department of physics".
In the case of NGTS-4b, however, the astronomers' telescopes were able to detect the planet even though it only dimmed the star's light by less than 0.2 per cent.
"Hot Jupiters" and "Super-Earths", which orbit very close to their stars, usually have missing upper atmospheres that have been blown off into space. And we thought that was because a planet about the size of Neptune, this close to the host star would get evaporated.
A Neptunian planet has been found in what should be a "Neptunian Desert" by telescopes run by the University of Warwick in an worldwide collaboration of astronomers. The principle is to rely on the transit method. Maybe the desert is greener than previously thought.