Thursday, April 10, 2008

Astronomers Discover Amazingly Young Planet

UK scientists announced the discovery of a planet in the constellation Taurus that may be as young as 1,600-years-old. That's young. Super-young. The next oldest planet known to science is 10 million years old.

They’re actually calling it a "proto-planet," perhaps because it's still embedded in the cloud of matter from which it originally formed. But this is one big baby: 14-times the size of Jupiter.

The planet is taking shape in what appears to be a busy corner of the galaxy. One theory is that a star passed near the system and "kick-started" the planet's growth. Since the other star is already, well, passed, it must have been moving pretty fast.

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