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Artist’s impression of Corot-9b

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This animation shows an artist’s impression of the transiting exoplanet Corot-9b. The first sequence shows the planet as it orbits its host star, while the second highlights the transit of the planet. Discovered by combining observations from the CoRoT satellite and the ESO HARPS instrument, Corot-9b is the first “normal” exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. This planet has the size of Jupiter and an orbit similar to that of Mercury. It orbits a star similar to the Sun located 1500 light-years away from Earth towards the constellation of Serpens (the Snake). Corot-9b passes in front of its host star every 95 days, as seen from Earth. This “transit” lasts for about 8 hours. Like our own giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, the planet is mostly made of hydrogen and helium, and it may contain up to 20 Earth masses of other elements, including water and rock at high temperatures and pressures.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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About the Video

Id:eso1011a
Release date:17 March 2010, 19:00
Related releases:eso1011
Duration:52s

About the Object

Name:Corot-9b
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System

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