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The newly discovered planet orbits a nearby star a lot like our own, though brighter and much younger at just 20 million years old. And the planet is a gas giant, like Jupiter, but hotter and even younger than its star. Because the new planet and its star resemble an earlier version of part of our solar system, a closer look could help us understand how planetary systems like ours form.
Quinn Konopacky, assistant professor of physics, is a member of an international team of astronomers who detected the planet using the Gemini Planet Imager, an instrument that adaptively measures moving starlight, then removes the starlight from view to reveal planets. They report the discovery and describe the planet's atmosphere in a paper published in Science. Learn more.