NASA’s K2 finds newborn exoplanet around young star

Exoplanet K2-33bK2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date. It makes a complete orbit around its star in about five days. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected. The discovery was made using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission, as well as the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond our sun. The newfound planet, K2-33b, is a bit larger than Neptune and…

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