A gas giant 57 light-years away from Earth has stunned NASA because of its colour and size. The planet known as GJ 504b is four times the size of Jupiter, and considering Jupiter is 11 times the size of Earth, it is fair to say GJ 504b truly is a giant of a planet.
However, what makes the planet equally spectacular is that it is a bright pink colour.
The odd planet gets its remarkable colour from the heat it generates.
As it is still a relatively young planet, the gas has not yet had the chance to cool off, giving off temperatures of about 460 degrees Fahrenheit (237 Celsius).
According to NASA, the star system in which the planet is found, GJ 504, is 160 million years old – meaning the planet must be younger.
While this may seem old, our solar system is roughly 4.6 billion years old, meaning GJ 504 is still very much in its infancy.
NASA said on its website: “If humans could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a colour reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta.
“Using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, astronomers discovered this gas giant orbiting a bright star named GJ 504 in 2013.
“Several times the mass of Jupiter and similar in size, the new world, dubbed GJ 504b, is the lowest-mass planet ever detected around a star like the sun using direct imaging techniques.
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