Every year we see to find more and more astonishing discoveries about planet survivability. First we found that binary stars can have planets, then we found that huge, short lived stars can have planets. No we find that old stars can have planets.
A star, called TW Hydrae, thought to be too old for planet making has been found making new planets. The old star is about 176 light years from Earth and NASA reports that astronomers using the Herschel Space Telescope found that the star may be big enough to make fifty more Jupiter-sized planets as the artist’s illustration shows above.
Adwin Bergin, an astronomer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and leader of the study, said in the announcement, “We didn’t expect to see so much gas around this star. Typically stars of this age have cleared out their surrounding material, but this star still has enough mass to make the equivalent of 50 Jupiters.”
And with every extra planet, comes more and more chance for the existence of life.