Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Planet Found

A new gas-giant planet was found that is a lot like Jupiter. With a nearly circular orbit around its parent star, its the first Jupiter-like planet outside our solar system. It is located about 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. The planet is named Corot-9b and it passes in front of its star every 95 days, as viewed from Earth. Each of these "transits" lasts around eight hours.

Scientist are excited and want to know more about this planet as much as we do. But studying Corot-9b closely could shed light on worlds that do not transit, and so are impossible for astronomers to research.

Link: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100317-new-exoplanet-hot-jupiter/

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