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Scientists have discovered a planet outside the solar system that is larger than Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, about 13 times.
Researchers from the São Paulo Research Foundation discovered the mysterious planet with the help of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
"We have been able to find very strong evidence in a sophisticated binary system of the existence of a giant planet outside the solar system," said Leonardo Andrade de Almeida, who led the study: "This is the first confirmation of a planet outside the solar system in such a system ".
The giant planet is part of a binary system called "KIC 10544976", which has two stars, one "alive" and the other "dead."
While scientists are pretty sure that the planet is there, its formation is still unclear.
One theory suggests that it evolved billions of years ago at the same time as the stars, while the other theory is that it was formed from the gas that the dead star emits when consumed.
The team now hopes to see more data from other telescopes to understand whether one of these theories is true.
"We are investigating 20 systems in which external objects can exhibit gravity effects, such as KIC 10544976, most of which can only be observed from the southern hemisphere," Almeida said.
"The Giant Magellan Telescope will allow us to immediately discover these objects and get important answers to the formation and evolution of these exotic environments, as well as the possibility of life there," Almeida said.