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Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:39 PM

Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets (Very Often)


www.nasa.gov said:

Stars have an alluring pull on planets, especially those in a class called hot Jupiters, which are gas giants that form farther from their stars before migrating inward and heating up.

Now, a new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that hot Jupiters, despite their close-in orbits, are not regularly consumed by their stars. Instead, the planets remain in fairly stable orbits for billions of years, until the day comes when they may ultimately get eaten.      

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