Thanks to rapidly improving technology, the study of exoplanets - planets outside of our own solar system - has become an extremely busy area of research. Astronomers can not only spot and confirm the existence of far away planets, they can discern individual characteristics from hundreds of light years away. Trace Dominguez has the details in today's DNews dispatch.
A quick sampling: There's the charming exoplanet known as 55 Cancri e, eight times the size of Earth, but so hot that matter exists in a supercritical fluid state somewhere between liquid and gas. The exoplanet CoRoT-2s loses five million tons of material every second as x-rays scour its surface. Then there's Kepler-19b, which has a ghostly twin planet. Check out Trace's report for more details and some eye-popping visual aids.
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