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The Secret to Planet Formation Might Be Hiding in the Fulton Gap

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Astronomy   |   Science  
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There are over 2,300 exoplanets that have been discovered, but there seems to be a gap in the data. Why is this and what can it tell us about our universe?

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"Its been dubbed the Fulton gap, after Benjamin Fulton, lead author on a paper describing it. The Kepler data show that planets of a certain size-range are rare those between 1.5 and 2 times the size of Earth."

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