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How Do Planets Form?


How Do Planets Form The Atlantic

A nearby planetary system contains two baby planets that may refine astronomers' theories about how solar systems come to be.

Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/ar...

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“This system is very close to Earth, relative to other disk systems,” said Clemson University astrophysics professor Sean Brittain, a leader of the research, in a release. “We’re able to study it at a level of detail that you can’t do with more distant stars. This is the first system where we’ve been able to do this.”

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More baby solar systems are likely to be found in the next few years. In the past half-decade, our understanding of exoplanets has ballooned—thanks in part to Kepler, the NASA spacecraft that has locatedalmost 1,000 planets outside our solar system. In November, a researcher at the University of California announced that Kepler data indicatedthat there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone.

40 billion earth-like planets JUST in the Milky Way?!

Whoa.

There's gotta be intelligent life out there. There just HAS to be.

Where in the universe is the Milky Way?

http://www.iflscience.com/space/our-home-supercluster-gets-map-and-name

Here is our supercluster:

Our Home Supercluster Gets a Map and a Name | IFLScience

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