Astronomers find a "tilted" solar system

10/17/2013 | Nature (free content)

Scientists have discovered a "tilted" solar system, according to a report in Science. While looking at Kepler-56, a star about 2,800 light-years away, they were surprised to find that the plane of its equator tilts 45 degrees to its planets' orbits. Further study revealed that the tilting was caused by a distant body that tugs at the star and its planets' orbits with its gravitational pull, yet they stay aligned because they are in resonance.

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