23 Jun '12, 9am

Proximity Of Newly Discovered Planets Challenges Current Theories

Proximity Of Newly Discovered Planets Challenges Current Theories

Kepler-36 pulsates regularly, like our sun. This data enabled the research team to accurately determine the size, weight, and age of the star. Data on the star’s radius and mass enabled the researchers to calculate the sizes and masses of the two planets. Using this information, the astronomers could then determine the densities and characteristics of the planets. “The smaller planet is denser than Earth and hence must be rocky; the larger planet is much less dense, in fact less dense than water, suggesting it is gaseous.”

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/06/23/proximity-of-newly-disco...

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