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Fate of Exomoons

March 8th, 2018

The Fate of Exomoons when Planets Scatter

By Susanna Kohler, AAS Nova, 3/7/18

Planet interactions are thought to be common as solar systems are first forming and settling down. A new study suggests that these close encounters could have a significant impact on the moons of giant exoplanets — and they may generate a large population of free-floating exomoons.

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