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Exoplanet Hunt Update

by on May.24, 2008, under Deep Space, Newsflash

Two new exoplanets and an unknown celestial object are the latest findings of the COROT mission.These discoveries mean that the mission has now found a total of four new exoplanets.

The two new planets are gas giants of the hot Jupiter type, which orbit very close to their parent star and tend to have extensive atmospheres because heat from the nearby star gives them energy to expand.

In addition, an oddity dubbed ‘COROT-exo-3b’ has raised particular interest among astronomers.

Read more on the ESA site…

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