Young Super-Neptune Offers Clues to the Origin of Close-In Exoplanets

K2-33 b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date. It makes a complete orbit around its star in about five days. These two characteristics combined provide exciting new directions for planet-formation theories. K2-33b could have formed on a farther out orbit and quickly migrated inward. Alternatively, it could have formed in situ, or in place.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Release date:June 20, 2016, 11 a.m.
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