February 9, 2023



Newfound alien planet has nuclear fusion going in its core


By Andrew Jones

January 19, 2023

An international team of scientists has found a new exoplanet that’s the first to be directly imaged thanks to Europe’s Gaia spacecraft — and it appears to have nuclear fusion ongoing in its core.

The team, led by Professor Sasha Hinkley at the University of Exeter in England, discovered the exoplanet orbiting roughly 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) away from the star HD 206893, which is located about 130 light-years from Earth and is about 30% larger than our sun. 

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