posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 11:40 AM
European astronomers have discovered one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system, a world about 14 times the mass of our own. It could
be a rocky planet with a thin atmosphere, a sort of "super Earth," the researchers said today.
But this is no typical Earth. It completes its tight orbit in less than 10 days, compared to the 365 required for our year. Its daytime face would be
It is not possible to know exact surface conditions of the planet, said Portuguese researcher Nuno Santos, who led the discovery. "However, we can
expect it to be quite hot, given the proximity to the star."
Hot as in around 1,160 degrees Fahrenheit (900 Kelvin), Santos told SPACE.com.
Still, the discovery is a significant advance in technology: No planet so small has ever been detected around a normal star. And the finding reveals a
solar system slightly similar to our own in ways not seen until now.
great discovery hope this means more will be found and that we can look at them with more precision ect and then we will find life