The announcements were sensational, bordering on the incredible. Within months of each other, two independent teams of astronomers announced the discovery of extrasolar planets, that is planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. If true, the discoveries would be of tremendous importance. Firstly, the discovery of extrasolar planets held deep scientific and philosophical implications, the latest major advance in the Copernican revolution. But what was even more extraordinary about these planets was where they were found. Rather than orbiting a star like the Sun, these planets showed up in the last place anyone expected: orbiting a pulsar, the remains of an exploded star.
KeywordsWhite Dwarf Globular Cluster Young Star Millisecond Pulsar Extrasolar Planet
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