Strange 'twin' new worlds found

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Strange 'twin' new worlds found - BBC Website

    And my favorite bit of the article:

    :D
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    That's amazing.

    They must have pretty strong gravitational fields then...
     
  3. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

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    This is the type of stuff the news media need to cover more often. THIS is the stuff that really gets society thinking and wondering where we are headed. Not lindsaaaay getting PWNED, lol. :eek:
     
  4. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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  5. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    "each having only about 1% the mass of our Sun"

    that's strange that their masses are so small, they are very far apart, but still manage to orbit around each other...

    i also think it's neat that they formed only 1 million years ago - pretty recently in astronomical terms.
     
  6. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    Must be a gravitationally calm neighborhood for such a tenuous orbital dance to be successful.
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Did you get that from one of those b•llsh•t generators? :p That makes absolutely no sense to me...
     
  8. Josh macrumors 68000

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    It is cleverly crafted Astronomical Poetry.

    Beauty to my cochlea.
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The point being made is that two relatively small (in the overall scheme of things) bodies separated by such a vast distance (about six times the distance between the Sun and Pluto) would tend to be separated by the pull of other bodies over time unless there weren't any reasonably large/dense bodies nearby.

    Edit: And, yes, agreed: it was beautifully said.
     
  10. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040

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    These sort of discoveries and pic's from the Hubble telescope, etc, make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! It's just so humbling.
     
  11. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    <snif> gosh, thanks guys. :D
     

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