PIA22082: Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist's Concept)

Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist’s Concept)


This artist's rendering shows a giant exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.

A study in The Astronomical Journal finds that giant exoplanets with long-period orbits are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study focused on planets more than five times the mass of Jupiter. The astronomers are conducting the largest survey to date of stars with dusty debris disks, and finding the best evidence yet that giant planets are responsible for keeping that material in check.

Background Info:

For more information about exoplanets, visit https://exoplanets.nasa.gov .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter
Target Type Planet Exoplanet
Instrument Host
Host Type
Extra Keywords Artwork, Color, Disk, Dust, Orbit
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2017-10-11
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA22082
Identifier PIA22082