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Ancient Planet Turns Back the Clock

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Science  11 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5630, pp. 151
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5630.151a

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Summary

The discovery of a giant planet amid a cluster of primitive stars is challenging one of astronomers' pet notions. The planet, which orbits a tight pair of stars--including a rapidly spinning pulsar--suggests that some planetary systems were born billions of years before most astrophysicists thought the universe had spawned the raw materials needed to make them (see p. 193).