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Author's Note: How Nomad Planets Work
"Wait. What?!" That's response I received from every single person when I said that I was working on an article about nomad planets. This is a subject that elicits equal amounts fear and fascination. And the more I've learned about this very new subject, the more captivated I've become. The possibility of visiting planets just outside of our own solar system is nothing short of captivating.
- Freeberg, Andy. "Researchers say galaxy may swarm with 'nomad planets.'" Stanford University News. Feb. 23, 2012. (April 3, 2012) http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/february/slac-nomad-planets-022312.html
- Mosher, Dave. "'Nomad' Planets More Common Than Thought, May Orbit Black Holes." National Geographic Daily News. Feb. 24, 2012. (April 4, 2012) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120224-rogue-nomad-planets-stars-black-holes-space-science/
- Perets, Hagai. "On the origin of planets at very wide orbits from the re-capture of free floating planets" Cornell University Library. Feb. 10, 2012. (April 4, 2012) http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2362
- Sumi, Takahiro. "Unbound or distant planetary mass population detected by gravitational microlensing." Nature. May 18, 2011. (April 3, 2012) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7347/full/nature10092.html