Stars switch planets – Sterren wisselen planeten uit!

Updated: 18, April, 2012, 3:24 | By Matthias Echters

Stars switch planets

It seems that football club change.Planets sometimes go from one star to another.

(Nederlandse versie als je op de foto hierboven klikt 🙂 )
It seems that football club change. Planets sometimes go from one star to another.

In 2006 was first confirmed what astronomers for a long time suspected: that stars sometimes lose planets . These planets then begin an odyssey through the universe, far from where ever they arise. In that year two planets discovered that no star in the neighbourhood ran circles around each other, which was proven that starless planets.

Sometimes these orphans find a new foster mother. A simulation at the University of Beijing (China) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics (USA) shows that single stars planets can “catch” them as adding to their collection planets. Probably does 3 to 6 percent of the stars that sometimes.

Would our own solar system, even a ‘orphan planet can harbour?The team that the simulation did not think of the giant planets around our sun comes out, but a smaller celestial body would indeed millions of light years away may come.

The investigation into the orphan planets on April 20 published in the journal Astrophysical Journal.

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