In a first, radio telescopes find a Saturn-like planet around a main-sequence star

R Sinduja

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Image Credit: Luis A. Curiel Ramirez

An international astronomers team have found a Saturn-like planet that orbits a small, cool star by detecting the wobble in the star's motion produced due to gravitational pull of the planet. This technique has been successfully employed with observations drawn at radio wavelengths for the very first time. The planet named TVLM 513b has a similar mass of Saturn and an orbit comparable to Mercury.