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Gas-Giant Exoplanets Cling to Parent Stars

June 27, 2013

artist's rendering of a gas-giant planet Finding extrasolar planets has become so commonplace that it seems astronomers merely have to look up and another world is discovered. However, results from Gemini Observatory's recently completed Planet-Finding Campaign--the deepest, most extensive direct imaging survey to date--show the vast outlying orbital space around many types of stars is largely devoid of gas-giant planets, which apparently tend to nuzzle close to their parent stars. Full Story

Gemini Observatory, University of Hawaii

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