The discovery of as large a planet as NGTS-1b around an M-dwarf throws a proverbial wrench into astronomers' assumptions about planetary formation.
Dr. Michaël Gillon, whose team discovered the new planetary system, said they should be named after the first seven Trappist beers.
Do you want to see an alien solar system? Those roving dots are four real planets, orbiting a very young star called HR 8799 about 129 lightyears from Earth. The star itself is hiding under the black circle to block most of its light (i.e. it's not added in post), so the telescope can actually pick out… Continue reading Pale Blue Dots