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Dimitar Sasselov, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics...
"It couldn't have formed in place because you can't form a planet inside a star. It couldn't have formed further out and migrated inward, because it would have migrated all the way into the star. This planet is an enigma."
Wouldn't the chances of that happening be....um....astronomically low?
I don't want to grow old and die......there's still so much left to see.
From theory, astronomers expect the planet to be tidally locked to its host star, which means that one side is permanently facing in, and the other side permanently facing away.
reply to post by intrptr
Diesel does it at least twice, in Pitch Black, and the Chronicles of Riddick. I don't know if he does it in the 3rd movie though… lol
If the planet couldn't have migrated from an outward formation, how did it not fall into the sun then as it must have come from outside the system, as another poster said above me? Or planets DO come from inside the sun and are spitted out at some point?…