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Death and the Sun
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005, 11:37 AM
Astronomers have discovered an extrasolar planet remarkably similar to Earht, orbiting a star similar to our Sun. Although the planet is much larger than ours, it is still the smallest extrasolar planet found so far.




http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050613_super_earth.html

Elendil
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, 02:37 AM
Oh, I love extrasolar planets. :icon12: :yippee01: :amour101: (Too bad y'all don't have any "drooling" smilies!)

Wow... it orbits a little red dwarf star once every two days.

That also means it's hotter than Venus. (No, I'm not talking about Roman mythology, get your mind out of the gutter!) (Oh, okay... :sperm )

Not only that, but there are two other planets that orbit once every thirty and sixty days that are the size of Jupiter.

Fancy that... three planets, two of which are as big as Jupiter, orbiting in a tiny space smaller than Mercury's orbit.

That makes for pretty strange views, like this one:

http://www.extrasolar.net/image.asp?ImageID=134