posted on Mar, 14 2006 @ 09:13 AM
That's not what's remarkable about the planet, after all Epsilon Eridani b is closer, at only 10.9 lightyears away. Much much closer.
No, this discovery is remarkable because they detected a terrestrial (rocky) planet 13 times the size of Earth at such a distance. Comparitively,
Epsilon Eridani b is a gas giant about 86% the size of Jupiter. Plus it's much closer therefore supposedly eaasier to detect.
This is news because they've come up with a way to detect planets at such a great distance. 9000 light years is not pretty close. That's like
in a different arm of the Galaxy.