Second Oddball Planet Found That Orbits Backwards

August 14, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Just days after a first-of its-kind discovery, by two graduate students, of a backwards orbiting planet in the distant galaxy, another backwards planet was found by a team of Japanese astronomers.

A large gas planet, named WASP-17b was first spotted from the Geneva Observatory, orbiting around its host star in the opposite direction about 1,000 light-years away from Earth. The discovery of WASP-17b would not remain a first for long.

A team of Japanese scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, led by Joshua Winn of MIT and Norio Narita of the Observatory, discovered a backwards planet of their own, named HAT-P-7b, that is also about 1,000 light-years away and orbits its star in the direction opposite to its star’s own rotation.

Winn called the coincidence of two backwards-orbiting planets discovered within a few days of each other as, “funny.”

Both teams of astronomers have submitted their findings to be published in peer review journal.



One Response to “Second Oddball Planet Found That Orbits Backwards”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 14th, 2009 12:50 pm

    Correction: 1000 light years is not “the distant galaxy.” It’s practically next door for cosmic distances. Out galaxy, the Milky Way, is some 100,000 light years across.

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