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Exocomets may be as common as exoplanets

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Exocomets may be as common as exoplanets


UC Berkeley said:

BERKELEY — Comets trailing wispy tails across the night sky are a beautiful byproduct of our solar system’s formation, icy leftovers from 4.6 billion years ago when the planets coalesced from rocky rubble.

The discovery by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Clarion University in Pennsylvania of six likely comets around distant stars suggests that comets – dubbed “exocomets” – are just as common in other stellar systems with planets.

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