View Full Version : Astronomers see 'youngest planet'


Rik Meleet
Apr 04, 2008, 07:06 AM
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44533000/jpg/_44533066_taumap226.jpg

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.

BBC news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7326318.stm).

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

Swedishguy
Apr 04, 2008, 08:37 AM
Cool! This means there are stuff created by man that is older than that! :cool:

Narz
Apr 04, 2008, 09:42 AM
Maybe that guy Narz would want to move there, I hear he likes 'em young.

Ballazic
Apr 11, 2008, 10:36 PM
Thats crazy. I would be cool to send something over there to watch it. How far is it away?

zjl56
Apr 12, 2008, 10:30 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, 02:09 PM
Unless we build ourselves an ansible . . .