NASA has said that this discovery has been possible because of a group of ‘Citizen Scientists’. These volunteers studied data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). NASA regularly allows Citizen Scientists access to its telescope data, so they can explore worlds outside the Solar System.
Tom Jacobs, a former US naval officer from Washington, was among those who helped found the planet. NASA said that this discovery is important because this giant planet completes its orbit around the Sun in 261 days. This ‘super-Jupiter’ is almost as far away from its Sun as the distance of Venus from our Sun.
Jacobs said the search for TOI-2180 b was a collective effort. It also shows that professional astronomers and citizen scientists can work together. This discovery has been published in the Astronomical Journal. The study’s lead author and University of California astronomer Paul Dalba said they were trying to track down the “super-Jupiter”.
Scientists used data from TESS to observe changes in the brightness of stars. In February 2020, a group of Citizen Scientist and two experienced astronomers made the first success towards finding ‘Super-Jupiter’. The special thing is that when the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope will start its work, then scientists will also be able to see the atmosphere of ‘Super-Jupiter’. Along with this, the presence of small objects orbiting it will also be known.
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