Amateurs Discover a Transiting Exoplanet

17 October 2007

Huzzah! Congratulations to TransitSearch!

There is hope for unaffiliated work, after all: Amateurs Discover a Transiting Exoplanet. Apparently, it is another “hot Jupiter”, but with a period of 21.2 days (the previous record-holder was a paltry 5.66 days) and an (estimated) eccentricity of 0.67–which means that the levels of irradiation at the surface change drastically as the planet swings close to its host star and then away from it.. Weighing in at 3.1 Jupiter’s mass, it is pretty much average. Hell, can’t have it all, I suppose.

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