Sunday, August 30, 2009

Scientists Wonder About Planet's Location

Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England (UPI) Aug 27, 2009

British scientists are trying to determine why a Jupiter-style planet orbiting close to its sun has not spiraled into the star and burned up.

Wasp-18b is so close to the star Wasp-18 that it completes its orbit in less than an Earth-length day, astrophysicists at Keele University in Staffordshire say. In an article in Nature, they say standard astronomical theories hold the planet should have a lifespan of less than a million years, while Wasp-18b is believed to be a billion years old.

See entire article at: Scientists Wonder

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