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Unlikely Planets Found In Violent Star Clusters 30

astroengine writes "When it comes to forming planets, Mother Nature isn't very picky. Despite horrific conditions inside densely packed open clusters, stars apparently have no problem forming and hanging on to an orbital brood. That's the conclusion from a new study (abstract) that used data collected by NASA's now-dormant Kepler space telescope to hunt for planets in a one-billion-year old open cluster called NGC 6811, a collection of about 70 stars located about 3,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus."
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Unlikely Planets Found In Violent Star Clusters

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  • And here we thought we know it all.

    I find it funny, but if you can find that planets can survive in extreme conditions, how the hell can you not think that life can't also? This always reminds me how the experts are experts on nothing, because we really know nothing about the universe.

    But hey, let's spend more money then all the combined totals of the income of all 3rd world nations (totally making that figure up, too lazy to check) on killing people instead of advancing human knowledge.

    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      The question isn't so much can life survive in those conditions, as can it originate in those conditions. When a change comes on slowly enough simple life can survive in truely incredible conditions...but could it originate in them?

      Of course, answering this question is made more difficult, because we don't know what conditions life originated in even on Earth. We've got lots of reasonable guessses, and perhaps more than one of them is correct (though only one origin left survivors).

  • Globular clusters (Score:5, Informative)

    by K. S. Kyosuke ( 729550 ) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @05:52PM (#44117455)

    So far, the only place where planets haven’t been found yet is in globular clusters, an environment even more extreme that open clusters like NCG [sic!] 6811.

    Aren't globular clusters very old? And, consequently, not very metallic? The lack of planets in them can hardly come as a surprise.

  • by melikamp ( 631205 ) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @05:58PM (#44117513) Homepage Journal
    Skip TFA, folks. If this guy wanted to be read, he'd publish on this side of the paywall.
  • don't mind me, just testing out my new sig

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