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Misaligned Planets in a Distant System

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Iowa State astronomer helps research team see misaligned planets in distant system

AMES, Iowa – Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star.

Such tilted orbits had been found in planetary systems featuring a “hot Jupiter,” a giant planet in a close orbit to its host star. But, until now, they hadn’t been observed in multiplanetary systems without such a big interloping planet.

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