Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

June 14, 2013 12:38 PM

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Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

Astronomers have found evidence of an alien planet forming surprisingly far from its host star, a discovery that could challenge the prevailing wisdom about how planets take shape.

Researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope spotted a large gap in the planet-forming debris disk surrounding the red dwarf star TW Hydrae, which lies about 176 light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra (The Sea Serpent).

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