Kepler-78b: Mystery Exoplanet Shouldn't Even Exist

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#1 Edited by iampenguin (223 posts) -

"There’s no physical way a small world, only 20 percent larger than Earth, could have evolved in that location"

Lol, It amuses me how they think that just because they don't have the answer now there is 'no physical way'?

I've heard that one before.

What are your thoughts?

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#2 Edited by mjc (12638 posts) -

Yes, there is no physical way it fits current planetary formation theories. What's so amusing about that?

This is how science advances - with new discoveries to build upon or develop new theories.

#3 Posted by Jd1680a (5945 posts) -

Sounds like the star is relatively young and things orbiting around it haven't yet settled. The planet will get taken by the star in the next thousand years.

#4 Posted by deeliman (2460 posts) -

@Jd1680a said:

Sounds like the star is relatively young and things orbiting around it haven't yet settled. The planet will get taken by the star in the next thousand years.

Make that 3 billion years.

#5 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

Actually that's pretty cool I guess. Though the universe makes no sense so maybe... God?