Unusually large number of hot Jupiters in Messier 67 star cluster: Study

June 17, 2016 4:14 PM

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Unusually large number of hot Jupiters in Messier 67 star cluster: Study

"This is really a striking result," said astronomer Anna Brucalassi.

GARCHING, Germany, June 17 (UPI) -- A team of astronomers have discovered a surprisingly large concentration of hot Jupiters inside the star cluster Messier 67. Hot Jupiters are exoplanets roughly the size and mass of Jupiter but which orbit their host stars at closer distances.

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