Researchers from Liverpool John Moores Universitys Astrophysics Research Institute working as part of an international team of experts have made an exciting discovery that could help in the ongoing search for ‘other Earths’.
Mike Bode, LJMU’s Professor in Astrophysics, explained: “Until the 1990s, the only planets we knew of were the ones that orbited the Sun in our Solar System. Over the last 10 years, we have discovered around 170 planets around other stars, known as ‘exoplanets’. Most of these have been gas giants like the planet Jupiter. The discovery of this new planet constitutes a major leap forward because it is significantly more like Earth than any other planet found to date.”
The planet – so far known only as OGLE-2005-BLG- 390Lb – is located around 25,000 light years from Earth, close to the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is about five times as massive as Earth and though this sounds enormous, in astronomical terms this makes it a very small planet compared to those exoplanets discovered so far.
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