Astronomers discovered the Forbidden Planet, NGTS- 4b in the Neptunian Desert

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  • An international collaboration of astronomers with the University of Warwick, I-JK, have discovered an exoplanet, Next-Generation Transit Survey(NGTS)- 4b, the Forbidden Planet, in the Neptunian Desert.
  • It is smaller than Neptune but 3 times the size of the Earth.
  • The Research was led by Dr. Richard West including Professor Peter Wheatley, Dr. Daniel Bayliss and Dr. James McCormac from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick.
  • The Forbidden Planet with a mass of 20 Earth masses, radius 20% smaller than Neptune and temperature of 1000 degree Celsius, orbits around the star in only 1.3 days and its atmosphere as gases.
  • NGTS, situated at the European Southern Observatory Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
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