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Release No.: 2008-01
For Release: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 6:00am

When Worlds Collide: Have Astronomers Observed the Aftermath of a Distant Planetary Collision?

collision between two protoplanets

Illustrated here in this artist's concept, astronomers may have observed the aftermath of a collision between two protoplanets, one Jupiter-sized and one Neptune-sized, in the system 2M1207.

David A. Aguilar (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)