aug 202013
 
Free-Floating Planets May be Born Free

  Tiny, round, cold clouds in space have all the right characteristics to form planets with no parent star. New observations, made with Chalmers University of Technology telescopes, show that not all free-floating planets were thrown out of existing planetary systems. They can also be born free.   A part of the Rosette Nebula, a [continue reading]

mei 222012
 
Captured Planets

  The discovery of planets around other stars has led to the realization that alien solar systems often have bizarre features – at least they seem bizarre to us because they were so unexpected. For example, many systems have giant planets closer to their star than Mercury is to the Sun, while other have the [continue reading]

mei 102012
 
Billions of Free-Floating Life-Bearing Planets in Milky Way

  Researchers say life-bearing planets may exist in vast numbers in the space between stars in the Milky Way A few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. So argues an international team of scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham [continue reading]