Search for first exomoon may have come to end

Oct 04, 2018, 7:56 AM EDT
(Source: Hubble ESA/flickr)
(Source: Hubble ESA/flickr)

A big, gaseous mass, about 8,000 light years from Earth, orbiting a planet roughly 10 times the size of Jupiter, is possibly the first moon outside our solar system to be located by astronomers.

Researchers are surprised by the “exomoon,” which bears virtually no resemblance with 180 rocky or icy moons in our solar system and is exponentially larger than its cosmic peers, exists in gaseous form, orbiting a gaseous planet, notes Reuters.

In announcing the discovery, the astronomers added that further observation is required to confirm the planetary system as the exomoon while calling it “the best candidate we've had,” writes the BBC.