Possible Exoplanet Star System Found
A stunning new picture has led astronomers to the discovery of a potential exoplanet.
A T-Tauri star named CVSO 30 that was first discovered in 2012 was found to host an exoplanet by using a detection method known as transit photometry, where the light from a star can be observed as dips as a planet travels in front of it.
Now, observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the Calar Alto Observatory facilities in Spain have been combined and may show that there may also be a second planet.
While the previously-detected planet, CVSO 30b, orbits very close to the star, CVSO 30c orbits significantly further out, taking an estimated 27 000 years to complete a single orbit.
Astronomers theorize that the two planets interacted at some point in the past, scattering off one another and settling in their current extreme orbits.
If it is confirmed that CVSO 30c orbits CVSO 30, this would be the first star system to host both a close-in exoplanet detected by the transit method and a far-out exoplanet detected by direct imaging.