Planets Form Even Around Dead Stars

Can planet formation really be this easy? Scientists have found new planets forming in the most unlikely of places: around the burnt-out shell of a type of dead star called a pulsar. The budding solar system was discovered with the Spitzer Space Telescope’s infrared array camera, which was built by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. If planets can form in this hostile environment, they can form just about anywhere. The discovery bodes well for finding warm, wet, rocky planets like Earth that can sustain life.

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