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First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

WASHINGTON -- NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth.

The starry-skied planets are two so-called hot Jupiters, which are massive, gaseous orbs that are boiling hot because they orbit tightly around their parent stars. Each hot Jupiter circles a different sun-like star in the Beehive Cluster, also called the Praesepe, a collection of roughly 1,000 stars that appear to be swarming around a common center.

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/sep/HQ_12-322_First_Pla...



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Good Thing They Are Uninhabitable

...or Starfleet might consider them potential threats to our "homesystem". No need to invade in the interests of galactic security then.

is that you

newt ! just kidding
I'm walking on sunshine, hey hey. now don't it feel good