Nasa telescope detects planet orbiting a distant star

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Nasa telescope detects planet orbiting a distant star

Post  Admin on Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:25 am

A Nasa space observatory launched in March this year has observed a planet circling another star. In a test of its capability, the orbiting Kepler telescope detected the planet's atmosphere. The telescopes first findings are based on 10 days of data collected before the start of official science operations. It is a planet called HAT-P-7, known to transit a star located about 1,000 light-years from Earth. This distant world orbits its star in just 2.2 days and is 26 times closer than Earth is to the Sun. The light curve from the planet reveals that its atmosphere has a day-side temperature of about 2,377C
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