View Full Version : Two Hot Planets Seen Orbiting Very Close to Parent Stars

2005-Sep-11, 05:50 AM
SUMMARY: European astronomers have confirmed a new class of objects, known as "very hot Jupiters", which are large, extremely hot, and orbit their parent star in an orbit that only takes a couple of days. They used the "transit method", which measure the brightness of a star over a long period of time to watch for a periodic dimming; an indication that a planet is passing in front. As part of a new survey of 155,000 stars, the astronomers have found 137 transit candidates, and confirmed 2 planets so far using other techniques for finding extrasolar planets.

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