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A planet going the wrong way

from Science Alert

All planets move around their stars in the same direction as the star spins — at least that's what we thought. But now ANU astronomer Dr. Daniel Bayliss and his colleagues have found a planet that breaks the mold. Using one of the world's largest telescopes in Chile, astronomers have discovered that planet WASP-17b is moving in the opposite direction to the spin of the star around which it orbits. The discovery throws traditional theories about how planets form around stars into doubt. more


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