View Full Version : Astronomers see 'youngest planet'

Rik Meleet
Apr 04, 2008, 06:06 AM

An embryonic planet detected outside our Solar System could be less than 2,000 years old, astronomers say. The ball of dust and gas, which is in the process of turning into a Jupiter-like giant, was detected around the star HL Tau, by a UK team. Research leader Dr Jane Greaves said the planet's growth may have been kickstarted when another young star passed the system 1,600 years ago.

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1600 years old planet. A good chance to learn more about planet-forming, I think.

Apr 04, 2008, 07:37 AM
Cool! This means there are stuff created by man that is older than that! :cool:

Apr 04, 2008, 08:42 AM
Maybe that guy Narz would want to move there, I hear he likes 'em young.

Apr 11, 2008, 09:36 PM
Thats crazy. I would be cool to send something over there to watch it. How far is it away?

Apr 12, 2008, 09:30 PM
Well, to get any use out of sending a probe, it would take it 500 years to get there, going at the absolute maximum speed, and then it would take annother 500 years to recieve any data. So, I think a probe is a little out of the question.

Eran of Arcadia
Apr 13, 2008, 01:09 PM
Unless we build ourselves an ansible . . .