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Release No.: 2012-12
For Release: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 5:00am

Some Stars Capture Rogue Planets

In this artist's conception, a captured world drifts at the outer edge of a distant star system, so far from its Sun-like host that the star's disk is barely resolvable at upper right. New research shows that one in 20 stars within our galaxy might have captured a free-floating planet.

Christine Pulliam (CfA)