Massive stars can “steal” gas giants from their planetary systems

Jupiter-sized planets may be snatched from their home planetary systems by massive young stars in a daring “planetary theft.”

The results could explain the existence of a huge gas giant outer planets – or “super Jupiters” – about huge, hot, young stars, which have been a mystery until now. The recently discovered B-star Exoplanet Exoplanet Study (BEAST) planets are Jupiter-like planets that orbit their massive stars at great distances, hundreds of times The separation between the earth and the sun.