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New Promising Exo-Planet Found

New Promising Exo-Planet Found

Product imageFor all you space fans out there, astronomers have finally found an “exoplanet” with temperatures similar to Earth.

An exoplanet is an extra solar planet, one that does not revolve around our star, the Sun. The new exoplanet discovered is 1,500 light years away and the first one with a “near-normal” temperature. Designated “Corot-9b” in true geek fashion it almost sounds like a name for a PC component.

Even though over 400 exoplanets have been discovered this is the first exoplanet with a climate that is similar to ours, however similarities with Earth end there as the planet is in a similar orbit around its star as Mercury and it is a gas-giant similar in size to Jupiter.

“This is a normal, temperate exoplanet just like dozens we already know, but this is the first whose properties we can study in depth,” said Claire Moutou, one of the team of astronomers at the European Southern Observatory who made the discovery. “It is bound to become a Rosetta stone in exoplanet research.”

In case you are scratching your heads and wondering what the Rosetta stone is, it is an ancient Egyptian artefact that enabled archaeologists to understand Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Before we start talking of Star Trek and how 1,500 light years doesn’t sound very far it is 8,817,945,000,000,000 miles away – one light year is 5.878 trillion miles in distance.

Source: Independent

Image: Wikipedia

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