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Singularly beautiful

17 Nov 2009, 20:54 UTC
Singularly beautiful
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Everything in the Universe likes to go in circles. Moons orbit planets, planets orbit stars, stars orbit other stars -- and in each case all parts of the system are interrelated. The speed at which one star orbits another, for instance, depends intimately on the masses of both stars and the distance separating them. Simply, increasing mass and decreasing separation will both cause faster orbits. This is why planets like hot jupiters, which hug their parent stars, orbit at blistering speeds. The more massive the star, the more furious the orbit. The same is true of anything orbiting a black hole... Although as usual, a black hole has a habit of taking gravity and turning the volume up to 11.(Read more ...)

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