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The orb is “only” 1.5 million years old.

A team of scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency have discovered The smallest planet in our galaxy, born only 1.5 million years old. It is a very young age astronomically speaking. Just think that our planet has years old 4 billion. The discovery was revealed by Astrophysical Journal Letters, which describes the planet as the “newest” ever. “It’s like looking back at our pastMyriam Benesti, an expert at the Institute of Planetary Science and Astrophysics in Grenoble in France and co-author of the research, explained to the New York Times. To locate the celestial body, scientists used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope.

Space: Discover the Smallest Planet in the Galaxy

The reference star is called as 209, surrounded by a disk around the planet, a ring of dust and gas from which satellites and other things could evolve. Astronomers also discovered that the star had recently begun to burn hydrogen, an element that confirms the “young” age of the star.


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