Three new planets and a mystery object found orbiting dying stars

Some interesting new additions to the exoplanet family were announced last week by astronomers from Penn State University. While finding exoplanets these days may be considered “just another day at the office,” astronomers discovered three unique planets and an additional “mystery” object. What’s unique about these planets …

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Nearby protoplanetary disk contains enough water for thousands of oceans

Astronomers have found a nearby protoplanetary disk (where planets are still forming around their star), that contains a lot of water vapour, enough for the equivalent of thousands of oceans. The star, TW Hydrae, is about 176 light-years away in the constellation Hydra. The water was discovered by …

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