Exoplanetary Scratchpad

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A sunlike star about 500 light years away with two Hot Super Earths (and possibly a third), including the first detected transiting Super-Earth. It a diameter about twice that of the Earth. First exoplanet with evidence of a solid surface and does not possess a thick atmosphere. Because its star is active, its mass is somewhat uncertain (2.3 to 8.5 ME), which makes it unclear if the planet actually has a solid surface. Also the closest exoplanet to its star known and has the smallest orbit period (0.85 Earth Days). Likely the first Super-Io discovered (due to slight eccentricity) and the first gas giant remnant core found. Has temperature of 1000-1500C. Planet c is a larger Neptunian orbiting further away and does not transit.

CoRoT-Exo-7 System Web Pages

CoRoT-Exo-7 System In the News

Planet discovered (Feb 2009)

Surface Appears to be Solid (Aug 2009)

Likely Rains Rocks (Sep 2009)

Likely to be a Super-Io and Gas Giant Remnant Core (Jan 2010)

Detecting Rocks in the Atmosphere (Sep 2010)

Represents Low Mass High Density Planets (Sep 2011)

See also GJ1214 System

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