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Rarity of Planets in Open Star Clusters

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Astronomers from Harvard and Purdue Universities have found more evidence that points to the supernatural design of the solar system for the support of life. They performed the most sensitive survey to date for transiting planets in an open star cluster. The star cluster they searched, NGC 6791, is heavily populated with stars and is very metal-rich (more than twice the density of metals manifested in the sun). The team’s survey should have produced 1.5 unambiguous detections of planets if indeed NGC 6791 is as planet-rich as the metal-rich stars within 100 light years of Earth. Their survey produced zero detections. Thus, there may be more factors besides metallicity that determine whether or not a star possesses planets. And astronomers’ current estimate that 2% of all Milky Way Galaxy stars possess planets may need to be adjusted downward.   

·         K. Z. Stanek et al., “Planets in Stellar Clusters Extensive Search. III. A Search for Transiting Planets in the Metal-Rich Open Cluster NGC 6791,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 2856-68.


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Subjects: Galaxy Design

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