n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - New clue to planet formation : news notes




Extracted from text ... december 2006 175 New Clue to planet formation The star Epsilon Eridanu B is accompanied by a planet with about 1.5 times the mass of Jupiter and an orbit of 6.9 years. This planet is the nearest known to us outside the solar system. Epsilon Eridani B is a young, active star, with a disc of dust visible around it. A new study by G.F. Benedict and B.E. McArthur of the University of Texas has now shown that the orbit of the planet is aligned with the dust disc. This makes it almost certain that the planet formed out ..


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