An unexpected discovery! Discovered hot metal exoplanet – Rus.Media

Techno 2 April, 2018

2018-04-02 10:26

An unexpected discovery! Hot metal exoplanet discovered
An international team of astronomers has discovered a hot rocky exoplanet, similar in composition to mercury, it has a lot of iron.

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The planet is on 20% more Land and 2.6 times more massive than our planet. Its density is 8.9 g/CC planet located in the constellation Virgo at a distance of 339 light years away, reports Rus.Media.

The object, dubbed K2-229b, revolves around its star – an orange dwarf in a very close distance (0,012.e.) the therefore, the temperature of the planet is several times higher than mercury. On the lighting side the temperature reaches about 2 thousand degrees Celsius. The orbital period of the exoplanet is only 14 hours.

In the system in addition to K2-229b discovered two other planets. But K2-229b was the nearest to the star. Two others are also close to her – closer than mercury relative to the Sun. K2 and K2 229c-229d in more massive than Earth at 21.3 and 25.1%, respectively, and their radius of 2.12 and 2.65 times the Earth’s radius.

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