A Six-Pack of Planets Defies Conventional Wisdom

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A Six-Pack of Planets Defies Conventional Wisdom

Post by Mother Mary on Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:17 pm

When NASA Kepler Space Observatory scientists announced the discovery of over 1,200 planets around other stars last week, my colleague, veteran science writer Dennis Overbye, wrote in the New York Times that astronomers have broken open a Milky Way piñata and more planets fell out than they could imagine!

But a less publicized part of this story I'd call: Astronomers Open a "Six-Pack." That is, a family of six planets in whirling blender orbits encircle a star called Kepler-11.....

http://news.discovery.com/space/a-six-pack-of-planets-defies-conventional-wisdom.html

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