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Migration of giants

The origin of hot Jupiters, large gaseous planets in close orbits around stars, is unknown. Observations suggest that such planets are abundant in stellar clusters, and can result from encounters with other celestial bodies.

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Figure 1: Possible scenario for the dynamical migration of a hot Jupiter.


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Triaud, A. Migration of giants. Nature 537, 496–497 (2016).

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