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A planet has been discovered outside our solar

Post  ZEUS10 on Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:26 pm

A planet has been discovered outside our solar system that is close to Earth in size — far different, scientists say, from the behemoths they have previously seen. The scientists, who are attending a conference in Hatfield, England, said Tuesday, April 21, that a planet less than twice the size of Earth has been located in a galaxy outside our solar system. Above, an artist's impression of Gliese 581 e is shown with its star in the distance.

The scientists, who are attending a conference in Hatfield, England, said Tuesday that a planet less than twice the size of Earth has been located in a galaxy outside our solar system.

As many as 300 so-called exoplanets — or planets outside our solar system — have been discovered, but most are much larger than Earth.

Scientist Xavier Bonfils of the Grenoble Observatory in France told the BBC the new planet is the least massive exoplanet ever detected.

Researcher Michel Mayor said the new planet is probably too hot for human life because it sits very close to the sun-like star it orbits.

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