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Space Science

Youngest Exoplanet Discovered 16

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-just-a-baby dept.
astroengine writes "We know that the planets in our solar system were born from a dusty disk surrounding the sun billions of years ago; wouldn't it be amazing if we could see another star system going through the birthing throes of this protoplanetary phase? Today, a team of astronomers using the awesome power of the twin 10-meter Keck Telescopes atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, have announced just that. Meet "LkCa 15 b", the youngest proto(exo)planet ever observed."
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Youngest Exoplanet Discovered

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  • 5 times younger? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @05:03PM (#37767146)
    FTFA: "LkCa 15 b is the youngest planet ever found, about 5 times younger than the previous record holder," said astronomer Adam Kraus of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.

    WTF is 5 times younger? Does he mean 1/5 as old? At the moment the planet first started to form, was it infinitely times younger? You'd think a scientist would know better. [wsu.edu]

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