The ‘forbidden planet’ narrowly escaped becoming a snack for a dying star (video)

Astronomers have discovered a “forbidden planet” orbiting so close to a red giant star that it should have been destroyed.

The giant exoplanet, which has 1.7 times the mass of Jupiter, was discovered when NASA’s Transiting Survey Satellite (TESS) observed its parent red giant star for six months between July 2019 and June 2020, and another six months between June 2021 and June 2022 by sighting a characteristic wobble caused by an orbiting planet.

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