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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Planet Discovered and Orbits Two Stars

CNN reports that Planet Hunters group discovered a planet that is six times larger than Earth and about the size of Neptune. The group named it PH1 and found that it is involved in a four-star system in which PH1 orbits two stars and two other stars orbit it. It is certainly a rare and exciting discovery: great job, Planet Hunters! Below is a video of the current event from CNN.
Link to CNN article
Link to Planet Hunters article

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Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula