Six-exoplanet system challenges current planet forming theories

Imagem artística do sistema exoplanetário TOI-178. (Crédito: ESO/L. Calçada/spaceengine.org)

Using a combination of telescopes, including EOS’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and ESA’s CHEOPS space mission, astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. However, the sizes and masses of the planets challenge current theories of planet formation.

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