The discovery of as large a planet as NGTS-1b around an M-dwarf throws a proverbial wrench into astronomers' assumptions about planetary formation.
Astronomy in the Tolkien ‘Verse
Does astronomy in Tolkien's literary world line up with ours? Or is it pure fantasy?
A Nightmare Planet for Fictional Terrans & Real Astrophysicists Alike
The year is 2500; mankind has been at peace for a while, relies on solar energy, can cure most diseases, and the few soldiers left in existence are seen as a complete waste of taxpayer money because they do absolutely nothing. But when this nightmare of a planet passes the solar system, 12 of them are sent to the surface (an 18-hour trip) to find out what the giants want with the Earth.
NASA had a press conference. It’s not aliens.
Dr. Michaël Gillon, whose team discovered the new planetary system, said they should be named after the first seven Trappist beers.