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Published:September 17th, 2012 15:12 EST
Newly Discovered Bee Hive of Planets Discovered By NASA

Newly Discovered Bee Hive of Planets Discovered By NASA

By Ron G Anselm

I think if we were able to take a casual stroll into space each week in the same way that we can take a Sunday drive in the country, it would be awesome. 

If you could start at one of the galaxy and weave in and out of the existing planets and stars, ones that color and light up the night sky you would discover something new every week even if you followed the same path you took the week before.

Astronomy and space are like putting on a blind fold and throwing darts at a dart board; you never know where the dart is going to hit and the same is true about studying space scientists looking through the lens of a telescope.  Scientists never know what they are going to find each time their eye touches the lens of that telescope and NASA scientists are the ones that find new and interesting entities.

In hypothetical terms NASA was taking their Sunday stroll through space recently and came across what are known as Bee-Hive planets. A Bee-hive planet is a planet that obits sun-like stars that sit in a cluster of stars. This new discovery satisfies the curiosity by NASA scientists as to if planets can really spout up in very dense stellar environments like the density of sitting in a cluster of stars and like the old saying goes, curiosity killed the cat in this case curiosity proved a premise.

The newly discovered planets are not habitable so if you may be tired of living on Earth and want to move to another planet don`t go out and pack your suitcases and go to your space vehicle sitting in the parking lot of your apartment just yet; it is said that the environment`s on these new planets are so hot and gassy (probably like eating Texas Chili) not that kind of gas you would burn your little tushy if you decided to take a seat on one of the many space rocks that cove the surface, so putting it in science terms just don`t move to either of these two newly discovered planets they are not livable.

These two planets are so hot that they have a nickname of Hot Jupiter`s because of their massive size, we all know Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system (so far) and the reason why these two planets are boiling hot is because the orbit so tightly around their parent stars.

Each one of these Hot Jupiter`s orbits a different sun-like star within the Bee-Hive cluster which consists of a collection of about one-thousand stars that appear to be swarming around a common center. So, if you look at this it is the same way you would see a normal bee-hive that has a Queen Bee in the center of it and the worker bees are swarming around her which is where the term Bee-Hive cluster comes from.

Bee-Hive clusters are an open cluster or a grouping of stars that are born about the same time and are formed out of the same cloud of material they originate from. Because of this each star shares the same chemical composition. I guess this would be equivalent to in human terms as being bon as a twin brother or sister. You don`t have the same DNA but share about 99.9% of the same characteristics.

If you wonder how these large group of stars are able to stay so closely knit or tightly bound together remember the term gravitation. Because of the inward, outward, sideways, up and down pull of gravity in and around the cluster it forms what is known as a gravitational attraction. The same as taking a sewing needle and a piece of cloth and stitching the needle and thread in all different directions within the cloth and then after a few stitches taking the needle and pulling it and the thread upwards it pulls the stitches and cloth together in this case the gravitational pull of the stars are in all directions and pull each star inward to the center of the cluster.

Mario Perez who is the NASA astrophysics program scientist in the Origins of Solar Systems Program commented on this by saying, "We are detecting more and more planets that can thrive in diverse and extreme environments like these nearby clusters. Our galaxy contains more than 1,000 of these open clusters, which potentially can present the physical conditions for harboring many more of these giant planets." (Perez, M., 2012).

The two Bee-Hive planets are known as Pr0201b and Pr0211b. Sam Quinn who is a graduate student in astronomy at Georgia State University made sort of a cute comment by saying, "These are the first `b`s` in the Beehive.  (Quinn, S., 2012). What he referring to is normally in science the stars name (Pr0211) and (Pr0201) followed by a b (Pr0211b) and (Pr0201b) is the conventional way to name newly discovered planets.

So, as NASA takes many tours into the unknown where no man has gone before, there where be many more discoveries like this one that satisfy the science buffs taste for knowledge. For the planet hunters out there this new discovery by NASA has been sort of a head scratching experience for them. Sam Quinn also commented on this by saying, "This has been a big puzzle for planet hunters. We know that most stars form in clustered environments like the Orion nebula, so unless this dense environment inhibits planet formation, at least some sun-like stars in open clusters should have planets. Now, we finally know they are indeed there." (Quinn, S., 2012).

Russell White who is the principal investigator on the NASA Origins of Solar Systems grant that funded this study also commented on this by saying, The relatively young age of the Beehive cluster makes these planets among the youngest known," and that`s important because it sets a constraint on how quickly giant planets migrate inward. And knowing how quickly they migrate is the first step to figuring out how they migrate." White, R., 2012).

There are a couple hypotheses as to why these planets turn up so close to their stars and one hypothesis is that they are rich in metals. Stars in the Beehive have more heavy elements such as iron than the sun has.

White also said, "Searches for planets around nearby stars suggest that these metals act like a planet fertilizer, leading to an abundant crop of gas-giant planets. Our results suggest this may be true in clusters as well." (White, 2012).

                                                 Reference

FIRST PLANETS FOUND AROUND SUN-LIKE STARS IN A CLUSTER, (http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov).

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