Planets Kepler-56b And Kepler-56c Will Be Swallowed Whole By Host Star

June 3, 2014 7:02 PM

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Planets Kepler-56b And Kepler-56c Will Be Swallowed Whole By Host Star

There's bad news for two planets in the Kepler-56 system as they will be swallowed whole by the host star in the, astronomically speaking, near future. In a new study, astronomers have estimated the “time of death” for Kepler-56b and Kepler-56c.

Led by astronomer, Gongjie Li, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), the team of researchers calculated when the two exoplanets will be devoured by the star they currently orbit. According to the astronomers’ calculations, the star, Kepler-56 is expanding and it is currently fo...

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