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The New York Times: Scientists Say Red Speck Is Indeed Huge New Planet
A reddish speck photographed near a dim and distant star last year is indeed a planet, about five times the mass of Jupiter, an international team of astronomers is reporting today.
The planet, about 230 light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra, orbits a kind of failed star known as a brown dwarf at a distance of at least five billion miles, twice as far as icy Neptune is from our own Sun. Spectroscopic measurements show water vapor in its atmosphere, suggesting that it is cold like a planet and not hot like a star.
In the year it has taken the European group to cement its claim, other groups have claimed to have seen the first light from extrasolar planets.
Originally posted by croatianguy
Who really cares about gas giants? Im sure there are just heaps of them littered all around the universe. Discovering them is like finding a one cent coin on the street. The real jackpot is finding that earth sized inner jewel. When we find one of those then we can start talking life.