In theory, NGTS-1b isn’t possible. This massive, ‘monster’ planet, as scientists have called it was just discovered but there’s just one problem: it shouldn’t even exist.
A dwarf star and giant planet don’t normally interact this way. Though others have been observing what is likely a similar solar system in the constellation of Hydra, with a tiny, dwarf star and a planet five times the size of Jupiter.
Why isn’t NGTS-1b supposedly possible? According to accepted astronomy, only small, rocky planets are even found orbiting a dwarf star.
The most recent discovery by the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) system has thrown some doubt on this assumption. NGTS-1b is a planet of a size equivalent to that of Jupiter, orbiting a star that is only half as big as our Sun.
NGTS, housed in Chile was used to discover the first planet-sun system of this configuration, ever. The system is about 6000 light years from our solar system, according to research by the University of Warwick, and scientists are simply baffled as to how it could have formed.
“The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us — such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars,” Daniel Bayliss, lead author on the new work and a researcher at University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, said in the statement. “This is the first exoplanet we have found with our new NGTS facility, and we are already challenging the received wisdom of how planets form.”
The planet orbits its star at 3 percent the distance from the Earth to the sun, and it whips around a full orbit every 2.6 Earth days. The star is a small, dim dwarf sun which is very common even in our own solar system; however, its massive companion planet is not.
Seven rocky, earth-seized planets, for example, were recently found in a system being called Trappist-1, all thought to be able to support life, but huge, gaseous planets like this are not normally found orbiting a tiny star anywhere in the galaxy – until now.
Trappist-1, respectively is more than 39 light years away – which means this odd star-planet duo was found even closer to our own space neighborhood.
Combined with the video-footage provide din the YouTube video above it may be safe to say that we’ll start seeing many more space anomalies come into public view.
We may also learn that gaseous planets like Jupiter are not formed (or not always formed) by the conventionally accepted method. Even Jupiter’s formation is a subject of contention. Some attest Jupiter, at 2.5 times the mass of all other planets in our solar system, was formed with core accretion. Others attest that huge gaseous planets form quickly within the disc instability model. Still others assert that Jupiter’s formation remains a mystery.
If scientists still can’t figure out how Jupiter was created, then by all means, there are unanswered questions, too, about how a large gaseous planet like Jupiter, NGTS-1b, could be rotating around a dwarf star in a nearby solar system. Much more is possible in space than we’ve likely even imagined.
Writers like Rudolph Steiner, suggest a few of these mysterious possibilities.
“The farther we go back in the evolution of the Earth, the less do we find the abstract truths that are the pride of present-day humanity. More and more we find pictures, truths expressed in pictures. We wrestle our way through the deeply significant truths still preserved as a last echo of oriental wisdom in the Vedas and the Vedanta philosophy; we press on to the primal revelations hidden behind the myths and sagas, and we realize with wonder and awe that a glorious wisdom was once possessed by men who received it without intellectual effort as grace from the spiritual worlds. And finally we come to all that was once taught to primeval humanity on Earth by the Beings who have now withdrawn into the Moon fortress in the universe, after leaving the Earth together with the Moon. A certain memory was preserved of what these Beings had once revealed to the peoples of a remote past — to men whose nature was quite different from human nature as it is today.”