Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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Three Suns in the Sunset...

The latest extrasolar planet to be announced is another "hot jupiter", but this time it's in a triple star system about 149 light years away...
"The fact that a planet can even exist in a multiple-star system is amazing in itself," Konacki said For one thing, the planet has to contend with the gravitational pull of three other bodies [the suns]. For another thing, the theories and models of solar-system formation suggest that planets are very unlikely to form in such environments.
Time to get back to the planetary formation drawing boards.

For recent SF involving hot jupiters, may I direct your attention towards Brenda Cooper and Larry Niven's collaboration Building Harlequin's Moon. It's a rather interesting tale of terraforming in a very hostile solar system...
Tags: extrasolar planet, geek

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