The discovery of as large a planet as NGTS-1b around an M-dwarf throws a proverbial wrench into astronomers' assumptions about planetary formation.
Does astronomy in Tolkien's literary world line up with ours? Or is it pure fantasy?
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.
Dr. Michaël Gillon, whose team discovered the new planetary system, said they should be named after the first seven Trappist beers.