Publication from the new Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) in Science

Astronomers at new Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) helped discover and study an extremely fascinating planet system 1,200 light years from Earth. Two planets – one of them a rock planet slightly larger than Earth, and the other a gas planet the same size as Neptune – orbit around their mother star (Kepler-36). They are so close to each other that they rendezvous in space every 97 days, and they are less than 2 million kilometers apart when they are closest to each other – corresponding to only five times the distance between Earth and the Moon. When this happens, the planets create effects on each other such as high tides on their surfaces. The results are published in Science.

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