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Zombie planet Formalhaut B follows an unusual elliptical orbit that carries it on a potentially destructive path through the vast dust ring of the real-life "Eye of Sauron" star system. It's called a zombie planet because after its initial discovery in 2008 it was instead thought to be a dust cloud, until it spotted again in 2012 after new observations. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Its orbit was recalculated from the newest Hubble observation made last year. According to Paul Kalas, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif, "We are shocked. This is not what we expected."


This entry was posted on 01/09/2013 07:00am and is filed under Space, Weird .
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