Friday, March 31, 2006

 

Hot Jupiter

An interesting article in New Scientist about a new model that describes how extrasolar "Jupiters" migrate from the outer regions of their planetary systems down into orbits we associate with Mercury-type worlds. What's interesting is that this new model allows for terrestrial worlds in the habitable zones, even with these migrating giants trucking around.
"'It's not as favourable as having no migration,' says Mandell. 'But with the right conditions, you can get giant planets in the interior and habitable terrestrial planets on the exterior' of the planetary system."

What does it say about me, though, that the term "hot Jupiter" sounds to my ears like some sort of kinky sex act?

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