Exoplanets: Extrasolar planet drags four other Alien Planets

By on Dec 5, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments

Extrasolar planet 55 Cancri d slowly flipped over and dragged other alien planets. The giant exoplanet was reportedly tugged by a distant star while in orbit with its parent star, according to reports by several international news sites on Monday, December 5, 2011.

The extrasolar planet is located in the Cancer constellation and is about 40 light-years away from the Earth. One of the stars of 55 Cancri system has five planets. Its second star is located about 1,100 times away from the other as compared with the distance of the earth from the sun.

Lead researcher Nathan Kaib of Queen’s University in Canada describe the scene as a “kind of shepherds along the other planets.”

Over 450 computer simulations of 55 Cancri system were used by the research team to determine its effect with its companion star. The flipping effect caused the planet’s north pole to point in the direction the south pole.

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