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Astronomers believe they may have uncovered the first tantalizing evidence of two exoplanets that have smashed into one another, according to new research. Over short timescales, certain planets appear to be stagnant. Scientists have to find signs that they have undergone drastic changes that took place over millions or …

  1. John 73

    Some mistake, shurely?

    "Kepler 107c could have been born when two exoplanets ten times the mass of the Sun crashed into one another"

    Planets that are 10 times the mass of our Sun? Mind-blowing if that's correct, but from context I suspect it should be "ten times the mass of the Earth"...

    1. MJB7 Silver badge

      Re: Some mistake, shurely?

      Yup. Bodies 10 times the mass of the sun are not planets - they are stars. Damn it, bodies 10 times *smaller* than the sun are stars!

  2. Ryan Kendall

    Yep it's earth, the quote was misquoted. :-p

    1. Scroticus Canis
      Big Brother

      Quote? What Quote?

      The misquote has since been deleted I presume. No mention of masses in the current article.

  3. Torben Mogensen

    This happened to Earth

    The modern theory of the formation of Earth and its moon is that two planets in near-identical orbits collided and merged, and that the impact ejected a large mass that became the moon.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This happened to Earth

      There's a scifi movie about this called Another Earth - set in today's world it's quite good.

  4. MonkeyBob

    Simulated crash

    Why is that planet(s) made from tiny balls? Did the CGI budget not stretch to Universa Sandbox?

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Simulated crash

      Anything like this around that doesnt cost?

    2. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Simulated crash

      Damn. I'd just come to the conclusion that two whole planets made entirely of the knobbly liquorice allsorts had collided, but Occam's razor says you're right here and it's just cheap imagery.

      I'll push "make working FTL drive" back down the to-do list....

    3. Black Betty

      Re: Simulated crash

      Because supercomputers can only carry out exact calculations on a limited number of particles. The same reason simulations of galactic collisions are modeled using only a few million stars instead of the hundreds of billions that real galaxies are actually made of.

      Universe sandbox makes a lot of pre-programed assumptions that look good, but only bear a passing resemblance to reality.

  5. Dr Who

    My teachers called me Kepler 107c at school. Well, they called me surprisingly dense at any rate.

  6. 89724102172714182892114I7551670349743096734346773478647892349863592355648544996312855148587659264921 Bronze badge

    It's bigger than Uranus

    1. 89724102172714182892114I7551670349743096734346773478647892349863592355648544996312855148587659264921 Bronze badge usual

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "It's bigger than Uranus"

      Dammit, who told???

  7. Binra


    Astroboffins get funded to come up with Astrobaffle?

    No doubt the simulation was rigorously set up to optimise the model.

    Why are electrical forces not openly acknowledged in our Cosmology?

    Instead of digging ever deeper into absurdity we could admit we don't know and then identify conjecture as such but analyze evidence to see if it is supported. Its a strange idea I know and will probably never catch on. But perhaps a loss of face - over millions of years - will reveal a more coherent appreciation of Life, the Universe and Everything.

  8. Roj Blake


    Mercury also has a massive core for its size.

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