Thursday, January 26, 2006

Smallest Earth-like planet found

The new planet has 5.5 times the Earth's mass and can be found about 25,000 light-years away in the Milky Way, orbiting a red dwarf star. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, was made using a method called microlensing, which can detect far-off planets with an Earth-like mass. Microlensing occurs when a massive object in space, like a star, crosses in front of another more distant star. As it passes, the gravity from the foreground object bends the light coming from the background star, temporarily making it look brighter. This usually lasts for about a month. The planet, which goes by the name OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, takes about 10 years to orbit its parent star, a red dwarf which is similar to the Sun but cooler (- 220 °C) and smaller.
Not only are we shifting campus to Kings cross (marmalade magazine dec2004: 15)... were off to another world...

2 Comments:

Blogger Luke Cardew said...

You can se where your new home will be by the indication of the red cross.... this iterates my point of Nasa’s abilities in Photoshop....

2:46 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger James "Almighty" Allan said...

We arent moving to kingsX in the near future. the whole thing has been called off and massive sums of money are being spent over the next 9 months to modernise the red lion square building and the carparks underneath CSM.

7:03 PM, January 28, 2006  

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