International team of astronomers has found a planet further out than any other in a sun-like system, and it has many astronomers baffled. There were two things immediately puzzling about it: its mass, which came in at an immense 2 × 1025 metric tons (about 11 Jupiters or one-hundredth the mass of our Sun), and its orbit which is roughly 650 times the average distance from the Earth to the Sun (60 billion miles).
According to everything astronomers think about planet and star formation, a planet as large as that ought not to have been able to form so far from its host star. This enigmatic giant is orbiting star HD 106906 and defying what astronomers know about the origins of planets.
"This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see," Vanessa Bailey, a fifth-year graduate student in the University of Arizona's astronomy department and the team's lead researcher, said in a written statement.
The team submitted their research for publication in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Wal Thornhill explains it from Electric Universe theory standpoint:
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