Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Earth-like planet likely a burning ring of fire

First Earth-like planet likely a world of fire

Planet, known as CoRoT-7 b, probably hosts fierce volcanic eruptions

University of Washington astronomers this week said that the first rocky planet discoveredoutside our solar system is on fire, almost literally.
The scientists say if the planet, known as CoRoT-7b, has an orbit that is not almost perfectly circular, then the planet might be undergoing fierce volcanic eruptions. It could be even more volcanically active than Jupiter's moon Io, which has more than 400 volcanoes and is the most geologically active object in our solar system, the researchers said in a release.

Spotted by the Kepler telescope.  Read the rest at the link above.

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