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October 13, 2011

NASA Detects Planet Dancing With a Pair of Stars

The article I found for this entry is one that Professor Miller actually brought up in class a few times. It is a planet that has two suns just like Tatooine in Star Wars. I found this especially cool because I watched Star Wars a lot growing up. The planet is estimated to be about the same size and density as Saturn. This discovery caused scientists to wonder how planets that orbit two stars form. Before the discovery scientists thought that a planet like this one would need to be twice the distance it is from the stars in orbits for it to survive. It is interesting to think that with discoveries Astronomers make could always lead to new questions more than answers.
For the full article written by Dennis Overbye visit this site:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/science/space/16planet.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=NASA%20Detects%20Planet%20Dancing%20With%20a%20Pair%20of%20Stars&st=cse

Posted by ouellbre at October 13, 2011 01:30 AM

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