We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:02 PM
Second-generation planets around a binary star
Binary stars are not very friendly objects, at least in terms of planet formation. Any object, which orbits a binary star, is subjected to complex and sometimes varying gravitational fields, which act as a destructive force capable of tearing anything it puts a grip on. However, planets may form even in this complex environment, and today there are 17 confirmed circumbinary exoplanets.
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 01 February 2014 - 12:51 AM. corrected tags
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001