About 280 light-years from Earth, a world of molten magma orbits one of the oldest stars in the galaxy. This exoplanet, 50% larger than the Earth, whips around its star at a breathtaking clip. Racing in tight circles 100 times closer to its star than the Earth maintains from the Sun, TOI-561 b burns with scorching surface temperatures over 2,000 Celsius (3,630 F). This is roughly twice as hot as molten lava on Earth, and is even hotter than magma studied inside laboratories. This proximity to TOI-561 further results in an ultra-short-period orbit, circling its 10-billion-year-old stellar parent once every 12 hours. “For every… This story continues at The Next Web
A number of planets described as Super-Earths have been discovered in recent memory, but researchers have recently spotted one unlike any other found to date.
An unexpected discovery has scientists buzzing.
A research team from the University of California, Riverside, including astrobiologist Stephen Kane, has been crunching the data and found evidence that suggests some stars could potentially host as many as seven Earth-like planets. The cabbie out to this prediction is that the solar systems can’t have a planet like Jupiter to mess things up. Kane and the other researchers … Continue reading
We might want to blame Jupiter for the lack of other habitable planets around our own sun.