View Full Version : Young Gas Giants Have to Fight to Survive

2005-Sep-08, 10:39 PM
SUMMARY: Planet hunters have found more than 30 stars with gas giants in a tight orbit. This orbit seems to be caused by a race between a young gas giant and the star's planetary disk during early formation of the star system. It's too hot for them to form in their tight orbit; instead it's believed they're formed further out and then slowly pushed into the star by material in the new star system. In some cases the planet is gobbled up by the star, while sometimes the planet consumes the early planetary disk of material and survives.

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