Astronomers have found a new exoplanet hidden in a star debris disk. Dubbed as Au Mike B, exoplanet was found after decades of discovery, around the red dwarf star, with Au microscopy that is about 32 light-years away. This discovery will help scientists understand the building processes of planets including our own solar system. Astronomers expect the system to have more exoplanets but are hidden due to debris disks around the Au microcap.
What is AU Mic b?
The new exoplanet au Mike Bee is described in a study led by Peter Plural, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at George Mason. The study was published on 24 June in the journal Nature.
According to NASA, Exoplanet is about 8 percent larger than Neptune, citing the study. In perspective, Neptune is about four times wider than Earth. However, the weight of the AU Mic b is 58 times less than the mass of the Earth. Additionally, it takes hardly 8.5 days to orbit the AU microscope.
How was AU Mic b discovered?
NASA claims that detecting planets around stars such as Au microscopy (or AU mic) poses a special challenge due to the presence of starspots that are cooler, darker, and highly magnetic fields for sunlight and a star. Let’s contribute to the brightness changes.
To discover the exoplanet, astronomers used data collected by NASA’s TES that were observing the AU mic in July and August 2018. He then turned to the Spitzer Telescope which enabled astronomers to “confirm the orbital period of Au mic Be.”