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Scientists find ‘super fluffy’ cotton candy-like planet


Astronomers have identified a planet larger than Jupiter yet surprisingly as fluffy and light as cotton candy.

The exoplanet has an extraordinarily low density for its size, an international team reported today.

The gas giants in our solar system – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – are much denser.

“The planet is actually super fluffy” because it is made up mostly of light gases rather than solids, lead author Khalid Barkaoui of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a statement.

Scientists say an outlier like WASP-193b is ideal for studying unconventional planetary formation and evolution.

The planet was confirmed last year, but it took additional time and work to determine its consistency based on ground-based telescope observations. It is thought to be composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, according to the study published in Nature Astronomy.

The planet is about 1200 light years away. A light year is 9.3 trillion kilometers.

According to the researchers, it is the second-lightest exoplanet found so far based on its size and mass.