Alien Planet KELT-1b Found Close to Bright, Distant Star
This artist's rendering shows planet KELT-1b, which resides so close to its star that it completes a "yearly" orbit in a mere 29 hours.
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“Geologist [I'm Climate Change]”
Since: Mar 07
#1 Jun 20, 2012
Discovered a brown dwarf there.
Also of note is that it is a close orbiting object in a binary system. Orbital dynamics of stars in binaries is that 2 close orbiting stars are eventually tidally driven to merge (appears to be the case here), and distant companion star in hierarchy is driven into ever increasing orbital distance.
Apparently thhis is the process behind the clearout of the apha centauri binary which is old enough (~7 billion years) to have lost its inner planets ages ago.(alpha centauri appears to be dry county for planet hunting).
Proxima centauri appears to be an interloper on hyperbolic orbit (may be spectacular comet storm there soon).
Would like some sci/tech data for the stallar system housing the brown dwarf in this panel (Kelt1b), ie. spectral type, RS variablity data, metallicity, age (probably relatively young), etc. This bit of the system dynamics is currently sadly lacking and relatively easy to see.
Have a nice day: Ag
#2 Jun 20, 2012
i gave birth to a brown dwarf this morning.
weighed 44 kuriks
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