Exoplanet COROT-7b, artwork

Exoplanet COROT-7b, artwork

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Exoplanet COROT-7b. Computer artwork showing the exoplanet COROT-7b (small, brown) in orbit around it's host star COROT-7. This rocky planet lies about 489 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Monoceros. It orbits only 1.6 million miles from its star and the temperature is estimated to reach around 2,300 degrees Celsius. The intense heat is hot enough to vaporise the molten silicate rock which later condenses back to solid form in the atmosphere and rains back down to the surface.

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