Artist's rendering of a "super Earth," a planet larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. A newly discovered star system includes three worlds in this size-range — one of them in the star's "habitable zone. The discovery: This planet joins a mysterious group — possibly habitable worlds in tight orbits around small, red-dwarf stars in our galaxy. GJ d is part of a system of at least three planets a mere 12 light-years from Earth.

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It was one of the first planets ever discovered outside the Solar System. It was discovered using the pulsar timing method , where the regular pulses of a pulsar are measured to determine if there is a planet causing variations in the data.

In July the International Astronomical Union launched a process for giving proper names to certain exoplanets and their host stars. Phobetor is, in Ovid 's Metamorphoses , one of the thousand sons of Somnus Sleep who appears in dreams in the form of beasts.

The stellar remnant has a mass of 1. In comparison, the Sun is about 4. The star's apparent magnitude , or how bright it appears from Earth's perspective, is Therefore, it is too dim to be seen with the naked eye. Normally, planets orbiting around a massive star would evaporate when its host star exploded in a supernova due to the intense heat up to 1,, K and radiation.

One theory suggested that the planets actually had existed before the host star exploded in a supernova about 1 billion years ago, however, this is inconsistent as the ejected material from a supernova would be enough to vaporize any planets close to the star. Also, multiple issues arise with this theory that debates nearly-impossible steps on how the planets ended up in their current places.

Thus, the scenario has been dropped. One scenario proposed a massive binary system in which the planets formed around, with the more massive companion exploding in a supernova. However this doesn't explain how the pulsar would reach a spin rate of 6 milliseconds, so the model is still being questioned.

Another model stated that the planets might have formed from a fallback disk from the supernova remnant. Thus, it is unlikely that this was how the formed.

The white dwarfs would be in a binary orbit, with the orbit slowly decaying until the lighter white dwarf star filled its Roche lobe. If the mass ratio is large, the lighter companion would be disrupted, forming a disk around the more massive companion. The star would accrete this material, and would result in its mass increasing until it reaches the Chandrasekhar limit , in which it would experience core collapse and turn into a rapidly rotating neutron star , or, to be precise, a pulsar.

After the explosion, the disk around the pulsar would still be massive enough about 0. The convention that arose for designating pulsars was that of using the letters PSR Pulsating Source of Radio followed by the pulsar's right ascension and degrees of declination.

The modern convention prefixes the older numbers with a B meaning the coordinates are for the All new pulsars have a J indicating Pulsars that were discovered before tend to retain their B names rather than use their J names, but all pulsars have a J name that provides more precise coordinates of its location in the sky.

It was discovered before the convention that extrasolar planets receive designations consisting of the star's name followed by lower-case Roman letters starting from "b" was established. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Based on selected hypothetical modeled compositions. Detection method. Semi-major axis. Orbital period. Pulsar Planet Formation Scenarios.

An artist's impression of a pulsar accreting material from a stellar companion. Artist's impression of a fallback disk forming around a pulsar. The Astrophysical Journal. Bibcode : ApJ Universe Today. Retrieved 19 February Planets around pulsars; Proceedings of the Conference, California Inst.

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Update Aug. The tally of planets in our solar system would jump instantly to a dozen under a highly controversial new definition proposed by the International Astronomical Union IAU. That would make Caltech researcher Mike Brown, who found UB, formally the discoverer of the 12th planet. But he thinks it's a lousy idea. He applauded the committee's efforts but said the overall proposal is "a complete mess.


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They were both the first extrasolar planets and the first pulsar planets to be discovered; B and C in and A in A is the lowest-mass planet yet discovered by any observational technique, with somewhat less than twice the mass of Earth 's moon. The convention that arose for designating pulsars was that of using the letters PSR Pulsating Source of Radio followed by the pulsar's right ascension and degrees of declination. The modern convention prefixes the older numbers with a B meaning the coordinates are for the


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