An Exoplanet, 55 Cancri e Discovered by Island Telescope

December 16, 2014 4:17 PM

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Based on the ground in La Palma, a telescope has spotted 55 cancri e which is an extrasolar planet twice as large as earth which has a parent star.

Nordic was the first to notice the planet which revolves around a sun-like star and saw 55 Cancri e in 2004. The proximity and size of the sun renders it similar to planets capable of supporting life. Expectations are that the telescope might be able to see the planet thanks to the transit method.

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