Friday, August 27, 2010

Two planets discovered around same star

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NASA's Kepler space observatory has found two planets orbiting the same star. It is the first planetary system found that has more than one planet crossing directly in front of the same star, called Kepler-9. That's a drawing above. Kepler scientists have also found what may be a third planet, about 1.5 times the size of the Earth, orbiting Kepler-9. It appears to orbit the sun in just 1.6 days, meaning it's very close and very very hot. "NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Two Planets Transiting the Same Star" (NASA)

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