Mysterious eclipses may be caused by giant ringed planet

Scientists may have just discovered what's behind the mysterious eclipses happening around a young star 1,000 light years away from Earth.

Researchers lead by the University of Warwick say that a ringed planet more than 50 times the size of Jupiter is blocking the star PDS 110.

Scientists found that the giant planet, which is located in the Orion constellation, passes in front of its star every two and a half years.

The eclipses this produces have been observed in November 2008 and January 2011. And if the trend continues, the next one will occur this September.

If the planet is confirmed in September, it will be the first giant ringed system know to have an orbital period.

And to add to the mystery, researchers say that moons could be forming in the habitable zone around the star, which means there is the potential for life.

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