March 28, 2012

This needs looking into

Old planets?  Sure, whatever:
At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly remarkable about star HIP 11952 and its two planets. But its iron-poor composition reveals these planets are 13 billion years old — almost as ancient as the Big Bang itself...
Sure, okay, 97 galaxies away, right?
 ...HIP 11952 is just 375 light-years away.


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