Astronomers Find Giant Planet Circling Tiny Red Dwarf Star 31 Light-Years From Earth

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one-eighth the sun's mass

This artist’s illustration paints the Jupiter-like planet GJ 3512b as a cloudy, blue world in orbit around a red dwarf star. (NASA Image)

(FOX NEWS) – A giant, Jupiter-like planet has been discovered by astronomers in a unique place, orbiting a small red dwarf star.

According to researchers, who published their work on Thursday in the journal Science, finding such a large planet near a tiny star could force astronomers to rethink how planets form.

Red dwarf stars are the most common type of star in the universe and comprise more than 70 percent of those in the cosmos.

Scientists reportedly used astronomical observatories in Spain and California to analyze the red dwarf star GJ 3512, which is 31 light-years from Earth and about one-eighth the sun’s mass.

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