Is the newly discovered ‘OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb’ a brown dwarf or a super large planet? Scientists still don’t know.
The newly discovered ‘OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb’, is more than 13 times bigger than Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet. It is so big, astronomers don’t know whether it passes for planet or brown dwarf.
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The discovery was announced by the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute through arXiv.org.
It is only 22,000 light years away, relatively close to the vastness of space, and sits among the main cluster of stars at the central core of the galaxy.
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Due to its large size, some theories believe OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb to be a brown dwarf, also known as a failed star. Despite being large enough to generate heat, brown dwarfs are not big enough to maintain the nuclear fusion it takes to be a star.