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Planets Discovered in a Star Cluster

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:59 PM

First Transiting Planets in a Star Cluster Discovered



Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said:

Cambridge, MA - All stars begin their lives in groups. Most stars, including our Sun, are born in small, benign groups that quickly fall apart. Others form in huge, dense swarms that survive for billions of years as stellar clusters. Within such rich and dense clusters, stars jostle for room with thousands of neighbors while strong radiation and harsh stellar winds scour interstellar space, stripping planet-forming materials from nearby stars.

It would thus seem an unlikely place to find alien worlds. Yet 3,000 light-years from Earth, in the star cluster NGC 6811, astronomers have found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, shows that planets can develop even in crowded clusters jam-packed with stars.


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:42 AM

That would be a pretty night sky :)

Watch this space




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