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Astronomers spot ‘overweight’ planet that appears too big for tiny host star

  • A massive exoplanet with a minimum mass of 13.2 Earth masses was discovered orbiting a low-mass M dwarf star, challenging previous theories of planet formation.
  • The exoplanet's close orbit around the star and the relatively small size of the star itself defy expectations, raising questions about current understanding of planetary formation.
  • This groundbreaking discovery emphasizes the limited knowledge about the universe and may prompt a reassessment of our understanding of planetary formation.
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