Island Telescope sees Extra-Solar Planet, 55 Cancri e

December 16, 2014 1:37 PM

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Island Telescope sees Extra-Solar Planet, 55 Cancri e

A telescope based on the ground in La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, called Nordic, has seen 55 Cancri e, an extrasolar planet, which is twice the size of earth and has a parent star.

Nordic was the first one to observe the planet that revolves around a sun-like star. It saw 55 Cancri e in 2004. The size and proximity to a sun makes it akin to the planets that can support life. It is expected that the telescope was able to see the planet due to the 'transit method'.

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