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    New Planet Found 300 Light-Years Away From Earth

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    A new exoplanet, in a solar system 300 light years away from Earth, has been discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope located in Chile. 

    Inspite of rapid technological advances, we know so little about space and everyday, new discoveries are being made.

    A new exoplanet, in a solar system 300 light years away from Earth, has been discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope located in Chile.

    The exoplanet is four or five times the size of Jupiter, and might be the smallest planet to be directly photographed outside of our own solar system.

    The gaseous planet was identified by direct observation, which is a rare way to discover a new planet.

    Most planets are indirectly observed when they interrupt a star’s light, or when the mass of the planets cause disruptions in the gravitational energy of a star.

    Julien Rameau, an astronomer at the Institute of Astrophysics and Planetology in France said in a statement announcing the discovery that “Direct imaging of planets is an extremely challenging technique that requires the most advanced instruments, whether ground-based or in space. Only a few planets have been directly observed so far, making every single discovery an important milestone on the road to understanding giant planets and how they form."