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Mystery planet baffles astronomers

         

Kepler-78b is a planet that mustn’t exist. This hot lava world circles its famous person each eight and a 1/2 hours at a distance of not up to 1,000,000 miles — some of the tightest recognized orbits. Consistent with present theories of planet formation, it could not have fashioned so with reference to its big name, nor might it have moved there.

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