Hmmm - Building Planets in Record Time

From: Joel Peter Anderson (
Date: Tue Dec 03 2002 - 09:32:10 EST

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    Time for a new acronym?

    YENC? YEF? (Young Earths Non-Created, Young Earth Formation)

        Building Planets in Record Time
        Gas giants may form in as little as a few hundred years.
        by Pamela L. Gay

    The "standard model" of planetary formation has undergone rapid evolution
    in the past 15 years. During this time, observational astronomers have
    discovered about 100 extrasolar planets with masses similar to or greater
    than Jupiter's. In an effort to understand these alien worlds, theoretical
    astronomers have created new, more detailed models of the birth and youth
    of solar systems. If these models are correct, then worlds like Jupiter,
    Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune formed in only a few hundred years.

         * joel anderson * *
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