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Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways

    Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways By Judith E Braffman-Miller Restless young planets like to roam through their solar systems–usually disrupting their environment, during the course of their reckless rampages, as they travel chaotically around their stars. Such planetary migration occurs when a planet interacts with either the natal disk of gas and dust whirling around their…

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Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows

    Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows By Judith E Braffman-Miller A generation ago, planet-hunting astronomers discovered the first exoplanets in orbit around distant stars beyond our own Sun–and these new discoveries have since provided a treasure chest filled with remarkable brave new worlds for scientists to ponder. Some of these remote planets show an almost eerie…

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Death March Of The Planets

    Death March Of The Planets By Judith E Braffman-Miller Strange things happen among the stars–amazing, unforeseen, and bewildering behavior that both baffles and bewitches those who try to understand the long-held secrets lost in starlight. Mysteries are fun, and solving them can provide an unsurpassed delight. One of the most mesmerizing of stellar mysteries is the weird behavior…

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A Dynamic Duo Of Alien “Oddballs” May Solve The Puffy Planet Puzzle

    A Dynamic Duo Of Alien “Oddballs” May Solve The Puffy Planet Puzzle By Judith E Braffman-Miller Hot Jupiters are wacky Wonder Worlds that cling closely to their parent-stars in incredibly speedy, roasting orbits. These bewitching behemoths are gas giant exoplanets with orbital periods that are less than 10 days long, and their extremely hot orbits around their roiling,…

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The Strange Case Of The Searing-Hot, Light-Eating Planet

The Strange Case Of The Searing-Hot, Light-Eating Planet By Judith E Braffman-Miller There are some very weird “oddball” planets that dwell within the distant families of stars beyond our Sun–and they are mysterious and enchanting Wonderland worlds that are unlike the familiar major planets that circle our own Star. WASP-12b is just such a strange alien world. Searing-hot and as…

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