Exoplanet transiting its star

Exoplanet transiting its star

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Exoplanet transiting its star, artwork. Artist's impression showing the exoplanet Corot-9b (small, black) passing in front of its host star. Corot-9b is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium and is the first 'normal' exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. It is roughly the size of Jupiter and has an orbit similar to that of Mercury, orbiting its host star every 95 days. The transit shown here last for about 8 hours.

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