According tomedia reports, gas giants like Jupiter are very interesting objects, and they are also mysterious, because no one really knows what is lurking in the gas that makes up their thick atmosphere smiles deep. The best way to see the core of a gaseous giant might be to find the core of a planet that has been burned by a nearby star. And that’s exactly what researchers at the University of Warwick did, studying a planet called TOI 849 b, a shell that may have been a giant hot Jupiter but burned.
Hot Jupiter planets are gas giant planets orbiting particularly close to their host stars. They were discovered by the Exoplanet Survey Project, but no one really knew their future. Do they move away from a more comfortable distance, or do they continue to approach their stars and then burn slowly, as totheily 849 b does?
In their paper, published in the journal Nature, the researchers explain how the rocky planet’s core may have been a giant gas planet. Another possibility that scientists have raised is that the planet is a failed gas giant that cannot gather enough gas to form a giant balloon as famous as hot Jupiter.
The last possibility the researchers have raised is that the planet’s core is the remnants of a gas giant colliding with another giant object. Such an impact would greatly damage the planet and potentially allow its abundant gas to fly elsewhere.
It’s exciting enough, but there are some drawbacks. For example, the planet — or, to be precise, the rest of it — is 730 light-years from Earth. From a cosmic perspective, this is not a big distance, but it is still enough to keep researchers from actually seeing it. They can estimate its size and quality, but that’s all.