TV News LIES

Friday, Jan 27th

Last update08:12:46 AM GMT

You are here News Science 'Godzilla of Earths' identified

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

Godzilla of earths identifiedThere is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth". It is an object with a hard surface like our own world but much, much bigger.

The necessity for the new designation follows the discovery of a planet which has a mass some 17 times that of Earth.

Known as Kepler-10c, it orbits a star about 560 light-years away. Scientists described its properties at an American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston.

They confess it is something of a head-scratcher.

Theorists had always thought that any planet that large would pull so much hydrogen on to itself that it would look more like a Neptune or a Jupiter.

"The proper way to call it is something bigger than a 'super-Earth, so how about 'mega-Earth," Prof Dimitar Sasselov, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), told reporters. He also used the phrase, "the Godzilla of Earths!".

Kepler-10c, as the name suggests, was detected by the US space agency's Kepler telescope.

This finds new worlds by looking for the tiny dip in light as they pass in front of their parent stars.

The technique gives a diameter - in this case, 29,000km, or just over two times the width of Earth - but not a mass.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Earth’s inner core may have ‘paused’ its rotation and reversed, new study suggests

Inner coreDeep in the center of the Earth is the inner core, which spans roughly 746 miles...

Image of star cluster more than 10bn years ago sheds light on early stages of universe

Star cluster more than 10b years ago Scientists have been given an unprecedented glimpse into the birth of stars and the early stages...

Spy agencies report hundreds more UFO sightings since 2021

Ronald Moultrie National security agencies are studying hundreds of new reports of UFOs, including many that appear to...

US government approves use of world’s first vaccine for honeybees

Vaccine for beesThe world’s first vaccine for honeybees has been approved for use by the US government, raising...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!