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Milky Way can inhabit a lot of "abandoned" satellites of planets - scientists

Scientists said that interstellar space can inhabit an infinite number of satellites that were thrown by planets outside their star systems in the early stages of development. The findings of the researchers were published in the Astrophysical Journal. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered nearly four thousand planets revolving around distant stars, many of which live in fairly large stellar systems that are almost as good as the solar system in complexity. During this time, only one exolune and several candidates for this role were opened, revolving around the "rogue planets" thrown out of the star systems. The first satellite of the planet outside the solar system was discovered by two famous planetologists, David Kipping and Alex Tichy, in July this year. This moon revolves around the planet Kepler-1625b, an analog of Saturn, whose radius is about half that of Jupiter and 6 times greater than that of Earth. It makes one revolution around the star in about 287 days and is practically in the middle of the "zone of life". Its discovery and the absence of other moons in the Kepler data made astronomers think about how often exoplanets have satellites, whether it is worth looking for traces of life on their surface and why only one of them was discovered during the entire time of observations.

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