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Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation

6 Jul 2017, 06:00 UTC
Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation Chauvin et al. / SPHERE

Astronomers have discovered a rare, warm, massive Jupiter-like planet orbiting a star that is rotating extremely quickly. The discovery raises puzzling questions about planet formation – neither the planet's comparatively small mass nor its large distance from its host star are expected according to current models.

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