Massive stars could ‘steal’ gas giants from their planetary systems

Jupiter-size planets may be snatched from their home planetary systems by massive young stars in a bold ‘planetary heist.’

The findings could explain the existence of huge gas giants exoplanets — or “super-Jovian planets” — around massive, hot, young stars, which has been a mystery until now. The two recently discovered B-star Exoplanet Abundance Study (BEAST) planets are Jupiter-like planets that orbit their massive stars at great distances, hundreds of times the separation between Earth and the sun.

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