Friday, October 25, 2013

Astronomers Discover Ultra-compact Solar System

Two different teams of astronomers have confirmed the existence of an ultra compact planetary system designated KIC 11442793 with the discovery of a seventh planet using data from the Kepler scope using the "transitional" method of planet discovery.  

The incredible fact about this system is that all seven planets are in a tight orbit that is closer than the Earth's distance to our Sun.

From the IO9 article:
  • The newly discovered planet, which is 2.8 times the size of Earth, is the fifth out with an orbit of 125 days. 
Check out the Cornell University article here

Read the IO9 article HERE

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