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Exoplanet covered in magma discovered


Posted on Friday, 20 July, 2012 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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Astronomers have found an alien world that could be the closest known planet smaller than the Earth.

At two-thirds the size of our own planet and just 33 light years away, UCF-1.01 is thought to be so hot that its entire surface could be covered in an ocean of magma. Discovered using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the planet is believed to have little in the way of an atmosphere and is more likely to resemble Mercury than the Earth.

"We have found strong evidence for a very small, very hot and very near planet with the help of the Spitzer Space Telescope," said Kevin Stevenson who is lead author of the paper detailing the discovery. "Identifying nearby small planets such as UCF-1.01 may one day lead to their characterization using future instruments."

"Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Super-Fly on 20 July, 2012, 16:40
nice, always interesting.
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 20 July, 2012, 18:03
Space-related news has been more frequent lately, I'm like a kid in a candy store for these articles haha
Comment icon #6 Posted by csspwns on 20 July, 2012, 20:01
bet its hotter than venus
Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 July, 2012, 1:40
It's Mustafar!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Alienated Being on 21 July, 2012, 6:24
Mustafar! Edit: God dammit, Junior!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Spectre1979 on 21 July, 2012, 6:35
Love stories like this.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 July, 2012, 20:36
Sorry mate
Comment icon #11 Posted by la_paloma_blanca on 22 July, 2012, 13:32
Except for those poor fools who pay a fortune only to recieve a piece a paper claiming name and ownership of a star. :-p
Comment icon #12 Posted by geographic on 22 July, 2012, 15:44
Very cool. Or hot, I guess.


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