If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to astronomy, you are so wrong. Not even the most intelligent scientists could say that nothing can surprise them anymore, and this can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. We humans are gifted with the desire to understand everything, but the simple fact of searching for answers makes up the beauty of life. If there’s nothing new anymore, wouldn’t it be boring?
Astronomers had been using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, and what they found was shocking: the GJ 504b pink exoplanet that revolves around the GJ 504 star, which is located only 57 light-years away from Earth. The planet can be considered a Jovian planet or a brown dwarf.
Similar in size with Jupiter
GJ 504b is a gas giant about the size of Jupiter but four times more massive. You are free to admire it in the image below:
If, by some means, you’re planning a vacation on the pink exoplanet, you should consider canceling it ASAP. GJ 504b may be cute and looking like a paradise for girls due to its color, but the temperature from its surface is unbearable: 237 degrees Celsius. Even with such conditions, nobody can guarantee that there are no life forms of any kind dwelling on the exoplanet. Life on other planets doesn’t necessarily have to exist in the same conditions as it does on Earth. It’s not even mandatory for life to exist by the same combination of the four crucial elements that make up amino acids – oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen.
The Subaru Telescope is an 8.2-meter flagship telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and it’s located at the Mauna Kea Observatory from Hawaii. The beautiful telescope will surely spot more exciting astronomical insights in the near future.