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First confirmed picture of a planet outside our solar system

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Thats pretty neat Ken... that thing looks so close to the star it's probably a ball of molten rock. What do I know, though lol.

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Given the size of the thing it'll be a large gas giant. A rocky planet that size cannot form because it'll collapse in on itself because of gravitational and tidal forces.

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That is Very exciting that they have actually picture..... The only other way they could detect planets was from the wobble in the stars orbit?

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Correct. And that requires a planet quite a bit bigger than this one, the smallest found so far through gravitational distortion measurement was 5-10 times the size of Jupiter, this one is supposed to be not much larger than the red planet.

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>larger than the red>planet.The name "Red Planet" is usually reserved for Mars. ;-)Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2

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