In spite of all our efforts to understand the secrets of the universe, there are still numerous phenomenon to be explained, such as the migrating hot Jupiters. The rapidly advancing technology is helping astrophysicists gather loads of information from distant galaxies and solar systems, but the infinity of the Universe has proven quite tricky.
Discoveries that were made decades ago are updated and even challenged, and the work of scientists seems neverending. As if celestial objects were not difficult enough to comprehend when they follow their orbit, researchers are now debating on the matter of a couple of migrating planets. This behavior has yet to be explained and understood, but NASA is already hot on their trail.
Hot Jupiters are planets made out of gas, quite similar to the giant from our own solar system. However, as their name suggests, they are burning hot. While you might think astrophysicists are currently befuddled by the weird constitution of hot Jupiters, they are actually more interested in their bizarre behavior. In this endeavor, they have concentrated on the newly discovered HD 80606 b.
HD 80606 b stays true to its nature, being a hot planet made out of gas. The same cannot be said about its orbit. The celestial object is situated at a 190 light years distance from Earth and presents one of the most unpredictable orbits to be recorded by scientists. This being said, HD 80606 b has a behavior similar to a comet, and not as its sister planets.
This hot Jupiter likes to fly in an extremely ovaloid orbit away from its star for about 111 days. However, after it completes this route, in only twenty hours it returns to its original place, almost touching the star. This is followed by another long journey, on and on in an endless cycle. During its migration, HD 80606 b reached a temperature of two thousand degrees Fahrenheit (1093 degrees Celsius). So what do scientists make of it?
The planet has given rise to numerous theories, such as the existence of another massive planet or a black hole that pushes hot Jupiter around by messing around with its place. However, the slow travel speed of HD 80606 b does not blend with the idea. Other theories could not be proved either.
While its trajectory remains a mystery, astrophysicists have also discovered that ten billion years would be necessary for the planet to regain a normal traveling pattern. They are also currently investigating its rotation rate, as bizarre as its orbit since it takes about ninety days to complete a full rotation.
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