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A TEAM of astronomers believe they have spotted the first moon outside our solar system. By harnessing data from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have identified an exomoon candidate, called Kepler-1625b.

“It would be a pretty big deal if this exomoon candidate turns out to be real, because it would be the first of its kind, and moons stand to tell us quite a bit about our solar system and other star systems,” Alex Teachey, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow at Columbia University, who participated in the research, told Fox News via email.

“This could provide vital clues about how star systems form and evolve,” he added. The BBC reports that the exomoon may have the size and mass of Neptune, and is circling a planet about the size of Jupiter, but with 10 times the mass. The astronomer adds that scientists need to do a lot more research on the possible exomoon.

A paper on the exomoon has been published on the site.


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