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Giant exoplanet around tiny star challenges understanding of how planets form

September 27, 2019
An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has discovered the first large gas giant orbiting a small star. The planet orbits the nearby red dwarf star GJ3512. This discovery challenges scientists' understanding of how planets form: low-mass stars should have less available material to form planets. Moreover, this new gas giant is on an eccentric orbit, which suggests the presence of another massive planet. The results were published in Science. Read more
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