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Most Planetary Systems 'Flatter than Pancakes'

  Our Solar System looks like many others, “flatter than pancakes,” report UCLA astronomers who were able to statistically determine the properties of planetary systems using the latest data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope. An artist’s concept of a  very young solar system, with its swirling flat planet-forming disk. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle The number [continue reading]