NASA Scientists Discovered a 10-M-Year Old Star That Could Still Produce Giant Planets

Feb 1, 2013 14:02 IST

Scientists from NASA in the last week of January 2013 discovered an old star called TW Hydrae, which they believe could create new planets even now. TW Hydrae is 176 light years away from the Earth.

NASA announced that the disk of material which surrounds TW Hydrae could be huge enough for creating the planets in a number which could be larger than our solar system. The findings were created using the Herschel Space Telescope of European Space Agency, in the mission where NASA is also a participant.

TW Hydrae is around 10 million years old and 176 light years away from Earth, which means that it is relatively closer to the Earth as per the astronomical standards. Relatively this star is young theoretically but it has already crossed the age at which it can create the giant planets.

The scientists explained that the stars of this age usually have cleared the surrounding material, but this particular star had mass which could create as many as 50 Jupiters.

Apart from describing the state of this star, the findings of NASA also demonstrated a precise and new method for measuring the weight of the planet-forming disks. This new method can help in directly investigating the gas which is typically used for making the new planets.

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